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December 25, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(26):1319-1320. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440520029005

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It has long been recognized by boards of health and others that the disinfection of school books and library books was a peculiarly difficult problem. We therefore note with pleasure that Dr. J. S. Billings of New York City has taken the problem in hand, especially that which relates to the sanitation of libraries.

Attention has been called to this matter so repeatedly that many of the boards of health of the different States have taken action and caused the State legislatures to make a criminal offense for persons coining in contact with contagious diseases to borrow books from circulating libraries. But the act is often done so unwittingly that some other means seem necessary in order to combat the evil.

Be this as it may, future borrowers from New York's great library can rest assured on this head, for the trustees have already formulated a plan by which means

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