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June 11, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(24):1565-1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490690033009

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Under the above heading is printed, in the June number of the Ladies' Home Journal, a well-meaning editorial directed against the filthy custom of the cheaper shops of exposing sticky candy to contamination with all sorts of floating dust and dirt. Unquestionably this practice is to be decried, and the purchase of such articles discouraged; but, unfortunately, a rather remarkable statement is made in explaining the danger of such candy. "A prominent physician, whose word is equivalent to that of highest authority," is credited with the following startling observation: Examining some of the questionable candy with his microscope, he found that "there were typhoid and malarial germs absolutely without number—the candy was literally covered with them." The discovery of and recognition of malarial germs on a foreign body is a new contribution to the habitat of the pesky protozoa, and the technic involved must be a distinct addition to any

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