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July 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):35. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500010041010

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Certain dangers of dirty money are being agitated by the public press, and it is reported that an official in an eastern coal company has recently been a victim of anthrax derived from this cause. Considering the change which money undergoes from hand to hand, and the condition in which it is often found while still in circulation, we have plenty of suggestions as regards infection. The fact that the dangers are not realized by actual disease more frequently is perhaps an argument against the validity or ubiquity of the pathogenic bacteria. It is probable that with the frequent handling of money disease may be communicated, but practical experience does not seem to bear out the theoretic estimate of the dangers involved. Nevertheless, a law which would cause banks and others to disinfect bills, and the government to withdraw them from circulation after their reception, as is the case with

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