There is a prevalent belief that the sailor does not have tuberculosis. Just because he is at sea breathing the purest air, we naturally think of him as having the greatest chance of escaping that dread infection. The public mind loses sight of the fact that the average sailor spends a great part of his life ashore, participating in drunken brawls, gambling in the vile holes underground in New York, San Francisco, Baltimore and all the large maritime commercial centers. The little time he spends in sleep when ashore is in sailors' boarding houses, usually filthy dives. In lieu of beds, there are rough bunks built in like a set of shelves clear up to the ceiling. Into these a little straw is thrown, and this is the bed of one man one night, and another the next, and so on. The straw is rarely, if ever, changed, and this
COBB JO. THE SANITARIUM FOR CONSUMPTIVE SAILORS ESTABLISHED BY THE U. S. MARINE-HOSPITAL SERVICE AT FORT STANTON, N. M. JAMA. 1900;XXXV(16):1010–1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620420024001k
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