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November 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(19):1189. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480450039007

The establishment of public baths is an avenue for philanthropy that is not sufficiently used. In the founding and aiding of hospitals and libraries, which are of so great need and so much appreciated, other needs of the masses should not be disregarded. At the Saratoga meeting of the Association, in an article soon to be published in The Journal, Dr. Ludwig Weiss quoted from Dr. Walker Laidlaw,1 that in the eleventh and twelfth assembly districts of New York City, out of 13,657 families, 13,079 were without bathing facilities. This is a sample of conditions in the poorest sections of our large cities and illustrates the need of public baths. They are already to be found in some of the tenement districts in many of our large cities, and are made full use of and enjoyed. Buffalo, New York, Minneapolis and Chicago deserve especial praise for the public baths