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May 31, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480220034016

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Our contemporary, the London Lancet, calls attention to the aid in combating infectious diseases which may be afforded by the clergy through their influence over the laity in such matters as vaccination, ventilation, etc. This general influence over individuals is not the only way in which the clergy may aid in obtaining better hygienic conditions, for they may also do much to further the introduction of proper conditions of hygiene into church buildings and services. It is certain that infectious germs are carried into churches by attendants at services and if the buildings are damp and little sunshine and fresh air gain entrance, as is too often the case, the conditions are very favorable for these germs to remain alive and capable of producing infection when opportunity occurs. Besides microscopic agents of this kind, there are also carried into churches larger animal parasites, which have been often observed in churches

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