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June 2, 1917


Author Affiliations

New York Director, Bureau of Contract Supervision, Board of Estimate and Apportionment, City of New York

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(22):1621-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270060029012

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On a study of the supplies purchased by the city of New York one is confronted from time to time by the different prices paid for the same or similar articles. This experience is more or less common to all attempts at the standardization of supplies and purchases.

Sometimes a large industrial demand for a product of high purity makes that product available to the medical profession at a much lower cost than has heretofore prevailed. This does not necessarily reduce the cost to the profession if that particular product is purchased through the usual channels of medical supply.

A case in point is that of compressed oxygen for medicinal purposes. The extensive use of the oxyacetylene flame for welding has created a demand for oxygen of high purity. This demand has been filled by oxygen which is either distilled from liquid air or prepared by the electrolysis of aqueous

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