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September 20, 1902

Public Health and Schools.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(12):711-712. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480380047014

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St. Louis, Sept. 16, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Given a crowded school and a limited number of drinking cups, and we have the conditions that are sufficient to increase the danger of diseases that can be communicated from child to child, a danger which is already great from the necessary crowding together of children in schoolrooms. On the principle that prophylaxis is greater than cure, the preventive measure consists in giving each child a tin cup and in teaching him to look on it as much his own as are his school books and his slate. The cost is trifling and the safeguard great. The communion service cup has already been made the subject of suspicion as a medium and vehicle of conveying contagion. How much greater, then, is the danger to children of a common drinking cup with their extremely sensitive and responsive predisposition to external morbific influences. The

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