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February 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(6):403. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480060041006

In a discussion of the hygiene of tuberculosis,3 Frank W. Wright concludes with a consideration of the duty of common carriers. What he says as related to tuberculosis, might equally well be applied to infectious diseases in general, and especially to those which are commonly known as contagious.

The railroad car, which is inhabited for hours or days by numbers of individuals, and going from one place to another at longer or shorter distances, may readily be a means of spreading infectious diseases from one person to others and from one locality to more or less remote ones. In the ordinary sleeping car, which is supposed to furnish the traveler with every possible comfort, many conditions could not be better for collecting and harboring infectious germs if they had been planned expressly for the purpose. The upholstery, which might be of leather, is usually plush, and the woodwork is