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October 31, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(18):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430960036005

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An increase of typhoid fever deaths in the city of Denver, amounting to nearly 35 per cent. in September last over the average for the previous three months as compared with the usual seasonal increase of less than 12 per cent., has been made the occasion of an exhaustive study of the water supply of that city by its accomplished commissioner of health, Dr. William P. Munn. His preliminary report to Mayor McMurray on "The pollution of certain sources of the water supply of the city," and his comments thereon, will be a revelation to other commissioners of health and to other mayors of cities.

Dr. Munn seriously proposes that the water from all sources of the Denver water supply shall be pure and healthful, even if it be necessary that they be passed through " properly constructed and efficient filters, which shall give an effluent having an average at all

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