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October 28, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(18):1107. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450700051009

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Professor Lindsley of the Yale Medical School, in a recent report, calls attention to the risks run by boarders in summer hotels and seashore cottages from typhoid fever, and to some extent also from other disorders due to neglect of sanitary precautions. The subject is not a new one, but it is one to be kept in mind and a warning coming even after the season of summer outings may be of value in stimulating effort for improvement before next year. Rural sanitation is, as a rule, crude where some attempt at it is made, but very often it is left to Nature exclusively, while human efforts are rather directed to its opposite. The salvation of many rural summer resorts is their brief period of occupation, as Professor Lindsley says, and they afford a very suitable field for the exercise of the supervisory functions of a state board of health.

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