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November 20, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(21):1060-1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440470028002h

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In the interest of hygiene and good sanitation it would seem that something ought to be said concerning the increasingly prevalent use of gas and oil heaters. Particularly so, since, as ordinarily used, these heaters are not provided with a flue or any means of escape for the noxious and toxic gases they emit. They are brought into requisition mostly during that cheerless period of spring before winter has fairly left us and before warm weather is a settled certainty. So often in our capricious climate an almost torrid March or April is followed by a frigid May or June. Then it is that most families domiciled in our modern houses with their steam radiators and hot air arrangements, after the "furnace has gone out for the spring," suffer a positive hardship. How comfortable would then be the old wood or coal stove which, although possibly not so elegant, was

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