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June 14, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(24):1579-1580. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480240029005

There has been a widespread feeling for some time that the immense amount of gas leakage known to take place from the gas mains of large cities constitutes not only a serious menace to property, because of the possibility of explosions and the added risk of fire entailed by the presence of so inflammable an agent, but also a manifest danger to health because of the contamination of the atmosphere of houses by a very poisonous element. At the last meeting of the New York County Medical Society new light was thrown on this interesting subject from the standpoint of the gas expert as well as the physician. Some of the data furnished are rather appalling. The information has evidently been jealously guarded up to this time. When it is realized that gas leakage in such cities as London, New York and Chicago amounts to many million feet of gas