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October 8, 1892

Official Disinfection Scientifically Directed.

JAMA. 1892;XIX(15):440. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420150024006

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—The medical profession has not a very lively admiration for the ordinary official disinfection and fumigation. While we do not, as a general rule, care to antagonize those operations, in the feeling that " they may possibly do some good"; neither do we care to very emphatically endorse them as matters of prime importance; we have become mildly agnostic in the matter. And this is chiefly because our rulers have seldom made provision that those official functions shall be under medical supervisions. Those acts have too often been done in a perfunctory manner.

The New York City officials have made a new departure, in those matters, that may serve to commend them again to medical confidence—after having driven it from them along with such men as Jacobi, Stephen Smith, Prudden, Janeway and many others. The Health Board has placed an expert bacteriologist in command of the disinfecting corps, and ten physicians

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