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March 26, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(13):835. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490580025008

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In the monthly bulletin of the Connecticut Board of Health, the secretary, Dr. Lindsley, makes the point that some of the increase of pneumonia during the winter just closing is due to the increased use of soft coal. This suggestion is perhaps worthy of some thought. There is no doubt that since the great coal strike of last year there has been an increased usage of soft coal, and the high prices that have been kept up since then by the operators have a tendency to make this more or less a permanency. It will be a great misfortune, not only in an esthetic but possibly also in a sanitary point of view, if the price of hard coal is maintained, putting it out of the reach of many who formerly utilized it and tempting many others who perhaps could still afford it, but who through motives of thrift will

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