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July 29, 1905

Anti-Spitting Laws and Associated Inconsistencies.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(5):338. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510050042015

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Chicago, July 18, 1905.

To the Editor:  —During the years 1904 and 1905 I have received some very excellent circulars from the secretary of the State Board of Health of Illinois in reference to the alarming condition of tuberculosis in all states and especially in the crowded portions of Chicago. Last week I received a similar circular from the Illinois State Medical Society urging general practitioners especially to become more alert in the early detection and prevention of tuberculosis. Last winter I was pleased to see, as a result of these circulars and of the free public lectures on the prevention of tuberculosis, that the authorities in Chicago were thoroughly awakened to the alarming conditions and that many arrests of sidewalk expectorators were made. For weeks thereafter people went to the edge of the sidewalk to expectorate in the street. So far, well and good, but to my horror and

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