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July 9, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):53-54. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020025005

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Mr. Henry Irving recently spoke at a festival dinner of one of the hospitals for consumptives in London. He made merry, says the Press and Circular, over a letter, written to him by a medical man, suggesting that if the theatres were kept closed the hospitals for consumptives might be reduced one-half. The idea of the letter-writer was that the systems of ventilation of theatres were so villainously bad, that those who subjected themselves to incident exposures to draughts and sudden changes of temperature took their lives in their hands, when going to these places of amusement. The specific cause of tuberculosis may or may not be propagable in the various illy ventilated halls where pleasure seekers gather, but there is enough of old-fashioned truth about the belief that many a case of lung-trouble has taken its rise in the "bad cold" that was caught at the theatre. Possibly a

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