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November 22, 1902

Methods for Prevention of Tubercular Infection at Mount St. Rose Sanatorium.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(21):1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480470043015

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St. Louis, Nov. 8, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In the new sanatorium for tuberculosis in St. Louis, the greatest care is taken to prevent infection and the spread of the disease. As some of the methods employed are not in general use, I may be pardoned for mentioning them.Recognizing that the greatest danger of transmission is conveyance by eating utensils, clothing and the sputum, these vehicles receive special attention. All dishes when carried from the patients' table are at once placed in boiling water in a large, closed vessel kept for this purpose only, and boiled. When patients are admitted, all outer clothing is put into a tight clothespress and thoroughly fumigated, as is also done at intervals. In case of death, all such apparel is fumigated before it is given to the relatives. All underclothing, sheets, towels, etc., before being taken to the laundry, are placed in a

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