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August 22, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):402-403. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860006001a

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In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth, and he filled the Earth with pure water and surrounded it with pure air.

Then he made man and put him on the earth. And for a time he also was pure. Then he began to be restless and to invent. He has sought out many inventions.

The Allwise Creator provided means whereby all filth should be purified and resolved into its ultimate elements. Man has sought out many cunning devices for defeating God's plan of purification. The most potent purifying agents are heat, light and air. The most potent factors in the development of poisonous germs and gases are warmth, moisture and darkness. The offal of all living things except man is deposited upon the surface of the earth. The bird deposits his while flying through the air; the ox and horse upon the dry grass, or in the

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