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June 17, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(24):1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500510044010

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A state law that has just gone into force in California makes it a misdemeanor to own, lease, let or hire any room for a lodging or sleeping apartment that contains less than 500 cubic feet of airspace "in the clear" for each occupant, and it goes further and makes it also a misdemeanor to be an occupant of such quarters. If this law is enforced there will have to be a general remodelling, not only of lodging houses in the large cities at which the measure is evidently aimed, but also of a large proportion of the private dwellings of the state. The hall bedroom will have to go, and it will not be at all surprising if the state itself is found to be an extensive offender in some of its crowded public institutions. The inflow of "lungers" into the state and the popular anti-tuberculosis agitation have evidently

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