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November 25, 1911

Transmission of Disease by Books

JAMA. 1911;LVII(22):1782. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110282023

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To the Editor:  —I am preparing a paper on "Books As a Source of Disease," to be read before the International Congress of Hygiene and Demography, and in order to obtain data I respectfully request the readers of The Journal to send me an account of any cases the source of which has been traced to books or papers, or in which the evidence seemed to make books the offender. Furthermore, I would be interested in information about cases in which illness or even death has been caused by the poisons used in book-making. All the information possible is wanted to present as complete a paper as possible. As in the case of insects which we now know to be "carriers of disease," it is first necessary to collect the scattered evidence in order to show that there is real danger in books; this evidence will lead to better care

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