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November 9, 1901

A Place to Clean the Teeth Needed in Railroad Car.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(19):1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470450041015

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Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 28, 1901.

To the Editor:  —Apropos of the much discussed question of the spitting nuisance, the attention of the managers of the sleeping car companies should be called to the practice of cleaning the teeth and spitting in the bowls of the washroom, in violation of every principle of decency, good taste and sound hygiene. A sign in conspicuous form and in unmistakable terms, should be placed in the lavatories of sleeping cars, positively forbidding spitting, cleaning the teeth or blowing the nose in the washbowls. Nothing more unpleasant can be imagined than to witness the actions of the unclean animal, as he performs his morning ablutions, brushing his teeth and spluttering and snorting over the bowl. One's gorge rises at the sight, when a person reflects that he must wash in the same place or forego the comfort of having the facilities of keeping clean. The

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