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July 31, 1915

Public Menaces

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Newton, Mass.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(5):448. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580050076029

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To the Editor:  —I was interested in the communication (The Journal, July 17, 1915, p. 272) concerning the cigar cutter. There is another public menace which ought to be called attention to, and that is the use of the hand lever commonly seen in public urinals. This lever is used to flush the bowl. Above the lever are the words, "Please push down after using." A person with gonorrhea, after handling the penis during micturition, pushes down on the lever with the same hand that held the infected penis. Thus, during a short period of time, many persons are needlessly exposed, unless they are aware of the danger and act accordingly.

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