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November 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1253. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450033005

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In another column a correspondent calls attention to a nuisance that, it is rather strange, has not received more attention heretofore, viz., the promiscuous and varied use of the washing apparatus on sleeping-cars. Any one who has utilized these extensively can corroborate our correspondent's charges. Personal cleanliness is praiseworthy, and tooth-brushing an essentially sanitary measure, but, like some other salutary performances, it should be done with some regard for public decency. Hawking and spitting into a public wash-bowl and blowing one's nose into it are offenses that come pretty near to, if they do not quite reach, the climax of offensiveness. It is possible, perhaps, to imagine worse ones, but there is no need of it. For years the writer has followed, in public wash-rooms, the custom of washing only from the spout, and there are many others who do likewise, but this can not be done in the contrivances

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