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December 27, 1902

THE IMPORTANCE OF SCIENTIFIC GUIDANCE IN SANITARY UNDERTAKINGS—A WARNING.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(26):1642-1643. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480520014003
Abstract

The comprehensive review by Professor Jordan of the present, most interesting conditions in Chicago as regards water supply, which appeared in The Journal last week,1 makes highly instructive reading. People have heard and read so much about the great Chicago Drainage Canal, "the greatest engineering feat of modern times," that it comes very much like a shock when one is told by competent authority, backed by undeniable testimony, that from a sanitary standpoint the canal is a failure, a blunder; that after an expenditure of forty to fifty million dollars the city of Chicago is without wholesome water; that typhoid fever, the infallible curse of sewage polluted drinking water, still is and has been rampant in the city, which continues to be a center for dissemination of typhoid bacilli to all parts in the surrounding country. It is humiliating and in every way unpleasant to know that the most

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