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November 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450033004

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According to a Berlin dispatch, the Prussian state railway authorities are taking special precautions against the spread of contagion by public conveyances under their charge. They even propose to go so far as to have a physician accompany through trains and the station masters are to furnish him with detailed reports of typhoid cases, etc., occurring in their towns or any suspicions of such. Sterilized water tanks are to be put up and conspicuously labeled and fresh boiled water supplied. All precautions against infection are to be employed about the stations, which will be practically quarantine stations. All this is said to be on account of the spread of typhoid, but it is to be presumed other infections will not be disregarded. Any person who travels and who has even an ordinary eye to sanitary defects can see many opportunities for mischief in railway carriages, and it is said that

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