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September 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):544-545. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450100054010

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The London County Council has lately undertaken a study of sewage and its purification by bacteriologic methods. Experiments on the changes in crude London sewage by its filtration through coke are to be conducted at the outfall at Crossness. Pending the construction of the filter and the completion of other arrangements, Dr. A. C. Houston, the bacteriologist who has been assigned by the Council to co-operate in these investigations, has made a careful bacteriologic study of the raw sewage, preparatory to the special inquiry into the changes brought about by the micro-organisms in the filterbeds which are designed for its purification. The results of Dr. Houston's work have been published by the Council as the first of a series of reports on the "Filtration of Sewage." The work was done in the Public Health Laboratory of St. Bartholomew's Hospital; and thanks are accorded to Dr. Klein "for advice and help

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