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July 25, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):217-218. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820045009

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We seldom notice a new book editorially, but we have at present before us one which fills a long felt want: Wm. P. Mason's "Water Supply, Chemical and Sanitary," as announced by the gold lettering on its handsome red cover, but "principally from a sanitary standpoint," according to the title page. Our health officers and sanitary men have been waiting for several years for a book of this kind. If W. Ripley Nichols had lived they would have had it several years ago, for he gave them its nucleus in his article on "Drinking Water and Public Water Supplies" in 1879, in the first volume of Buck's "Hygiene," and this nucleus, but for his untimely death, would have expanded pari passu with the extension of his experience. Dr. Smart of the Army published excellent directions for sanitary water analysis in the Reports of the National Board of Health, and in

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