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August 26, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(9):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510090059015

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In all our large cities there are many slot machines which, while morally innocent, have serious sanitary drawbacks. We refer to the lung testing apparatus that are found in places of amusement, saloons, etc. From a sanitary point of view there are few such appliances that are more objectionable and it is not necessary to specify why such is the case. We have not heard, however, of any general crusade against their use excepting in the city of Montreal where, though suppressed by the health authorities some years since, they have again crept in and become an insanitary nuisance calling for renewed action by the board of health. While it may seem desirable to some occasionally to test their lung capacity on these public machines, a little of the enlightenment that is going round in regard to tuberculous and other infections might be more properly applied to them than to

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