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March 5, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):654-655. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490550028014

In the onward march of medical progress there come frequent warnings against established customs, and we are admonished that this or that habit is exceedingly dangerous, and we accordingly mend our ways. These behests of science not infrequently meet remonstrance, in spite of the columns of statistics, bacteriologic slides and case histories. For some time we have boiled the water that we drink, now we must boil the water in which we bathe. An Indian confrère1 warns against the careless practice of bathing in typhoid-laden water, and declares that access to the mucous cavities during immersion is comparatively easy to the little bacteria. To treat the matter seriously, here is a real danger, much greater in India, perhaps, and wherever water is badly infected, but a present danger in all typhoid-infected water. Just how much possibility of infection there may be in the entrance of a few ounces of