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November 30, 1901

"A Place to Clean the Teeth Needed in Railroad Car."

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1475-1476. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470480045015

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Pittsburg, Pa., Nov. 23, 1901.

To the Editor:  —The communication of Dr. Henry D. Fulton in The Journal of November 9, on the needs of a proper place for cleaning the teeth in the toilet room of sleeping cars, and your own observations on the subject, in the same issue, are most timely and important.While every traveler with any sense of refinement must have regarded this filthy practice with disgust, that is, the spitting and cleaning of the teeth in bowls that are used for washing the face, it is strange that no protest has been entered against it or remedy suggested. Surely the ingenuity of the modern car-builder could quickly devise a remedy if the public would only insist on it. I have not for many years used these bowls nor any other bowls in public places for washing purposes, but always wash with the running water from

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