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February 27, 1897

Spitting in School Rooms.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):427. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090045013

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Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 4, 1897.

To the Editor:  —If the numerous articles that are being published throughout the United States in the leading newspapers are true; that is, that tuberculosis is an infectious disease, and one of the most dangerous ways of spreading the disease is through the spittle, do you not think the placing of steam or hot-water pipes, coils or radiators in a school room where fifty or sixty pupils are congregated for hours, is highly unsatisfactory? The spitting upon the floor in a school room by teachers or pupils whose antecedents were infected with tuberculosis seems to us would dry, become finely powdered and, as all of the air in a room must go to the radiating surface to be reheated, would be the means of thoroughly distributing the germs of that disease. Possibly this is true of other diseases, such as diphtheria, scarlet fever, smallpox, etc.

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