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September 22, 1900

RAILWAY SANITATION.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):755. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460380033008

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Abstract

It is said that at least two railroads in this country propose to remodel, or at least modify, their passenger coaches on sanitary lines. The plush upholstering, elaborate dust-concealing grill and carved work, heavy carpets and curtains are to be replaced by leather, smooth woodwork, linoleum, etc. The public will probably miss some of the splendor of the old régime, but this will, we trust, be more than compensated for by the greater sense of safety they will feel from contagion. There will be more than this needed, however, to bring railway travel up to the constantly widening sanitary ideals of the present day, and these can hardly be met in full without the active co-operation of the traveling public. The common drinking-cup may be replaced, as has been suggested, by the cheap paper substitutes for individual use, and possibly individual soap and paper towels may come into use on

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