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October 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):845-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400039009

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The dangers of the barber shop, while perhaps not as serious as they might be, are still uncomfortable subjects for reflection, and whatever will insure against them ought to be welcomed by the patronizing public. In Missouri they have a State Board of Examiners for barbers, with authority to make rules for their guidance that shall be imperative. The board has just issued a very elaborate set of regulations for barber shops, which if enforced would rob shaving of its terrors to those initiated into its pathologic possibilities. The shops must be scrubbed with hot water and lye every night; the razors, clippers and scissors dipped in a 10 per cent, solution of formaldehyd after each use and the hands cleansed; brushes and combs, towels, etc., must be sterilized and cleansed before use; sponges and powder puffs are forbidden, and special disinfection is ordered after operating on any person who

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