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June 17, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1818. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240048023

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The "cup of death" is rather gruesomely pictured in the Cup-Campaigner as a skull, with its top sawed off (as in autopsies), a handle fashioned to the occiput, a chain attached to the handle, the other end being fastened to a drinking-fountain. A campaign against the public cup is now being conducted throughout the Union. Several states have already taken action, Kansas being the first to abolish the common drinking-cup; Michigan, Wisconsin, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, however, have fallen in line. Pennsylvania, through the secretary of her state board of health, warns her people that "the cup used in common in public places must inevitably be the constant medium of communication of diseases such as tuberculosis, diphtheria and other infections." In Illinois it is declared that "the public drinking-cup is as antiquated as the ducking-stool and the inquisition; people never think of eating from public plates or wearing public

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