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November 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(18):1530-1531. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530180048005

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Excessive laxity in sanitary matters, as in other human affairs, is often followed by excessive severity. A recent instance in this country concerns the method adopted for disposing of the meat from slightly diseased animals. Scientific veterinarians and pathologists are practically agreed that the existing regulations in some places are extreme. The utter condemnation of infected carcasses already entails an expense of nearly $3,000,000 annually on the meat industry and is likely to reach two or three times this sum in the near future. Measures that would tend to diminish this large destruction of property without at the same time endangering in any degree the public health seem desirable, not only on economic grounds but as likely to aid the work of sanitation itself. Too rigorous and too sweeping enactments are likely to defeat the very ends aimed at because of the opposition that they arouse, the unlawful financial gains

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