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October 2, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXV(14):1186-1187. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580140036016

In almost every large community there are plants for the disposal of garbage and offal; they represent a feature of the conservation processes which economic conditions have made necessary. The work includes the recovery of grease and the manufacture of tankage, a product at first used solely as a fertilizer but now beginning to enter into the feed of the domestic animals. The processes are not infrequently attended with the production of odors and sometimes of dust of a disagreeable nature, leading to complaints and raising questions of public hygiene and comfort. Where waste-disposal engineers are not available, the expert advice of physicians is drawn on. Testimony is sought as to the alleged nocuous or innocuous character of the subject of complaint; but, owing to the meager character of the information on this topic possessed by most of us, the outcome of the testimony is often quite contradictory.

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