THE CONGRESS OF THE SANITARY INSTITUTE

1904 The Lancet  
importance of physical training in schools and dwelt on the necessity for adequate ventilation and cleanliness in dwellings. It was from the poor and crowded populations that the vast death-rate from consumption arose. It was from them that the great bulk of poisoned material emanated ; yet measures for the treatment of consumption amongst the poor were as yet hopelessly inadequate. If the death-rate from consumption was to be decreased the municipal authorities throughout the kingdom would
more » ... e kingdom would have to make great improvements upon the work which had already been done. On the following day the sectional meetings of the Congress were opened at the University, the University court having granted facilities for this purpose. There was a large attendance of members including delegates from medical and municipal authorities in all parts of the country and many sanitary authorities from the continent. SANITARY SCIENCE AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE. The section of Sanitary Science and Preventive Medicine met under the presidency of Professor J. GLAISTER (Glasgow), who in his opening address dealt with the influence of smallpox hospitals upon neighbouring populations with regard to the spread of the disease. In this connexion he discussed the doctrine of aerial dissemination and contrasted the position of this country with that of Germany with respect to the treatment of small-pox in hospitals. He thought that much of the evidence in support of aerial dissemination was of a very flimsy character. The history of the Glasgow epidemic abundantly showed that the practice of vaccination by giving an immunity against small-pox for a given number of years had caused, when small-pox made its appearance in the city, the development of a large number of mild ambulant cases of the disease which were not discovered and which did not call for medical attendance.
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