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April 6, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(14):1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520400040007

The relation of the dwelling to health constitutes a problem, the seriousness of which the medical profession in this country has not yet fully appreciated. To the physician in Europe it appeals with force, since the defects of housing, especially of the lower classes, are much more apparent there than here. In Berlin, according to E. Roth,1 43 per cent. of all householders live in apartments of one room, and that often unheated, and more than 70 per cent. must be content with one or two rooms as the most comfortable dwelling which they can afford. These miserable conditions are made worse by the fact that the rent of such rooms is so high that it must be reduced by taking lodgers or roomers. The number of people to a house tends to increase as time goes on, having risen in Berlin from 71 to 77 in the decade