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November 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(19):1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480450040009

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The recent death of an eminent literary man in France from coal-gas poisoning through a defective stove has called out considerable medical comment, especially in the British medical journals. It appears that, as often happens, this accident has been followed by a number of similar ones in Great Britain and on the Continent, and they are used to point a moral—the dangers of closed stoves as compared with open grates for house heating, and self-congratulations indulged in by our insular contemporaries that the latter method of heating is the prevailing one among them. It is safe to admit that the closed stove is not the ideal warmth producer, but with a continental climate, like our own, with its extremes of cold, dependence on open grates would be still worse. It may be also that the arts of stove construction and management are more advanced in this country than in Great

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