Queries and Minor Notes

1909 Journal of the American Medical Association  
To the Editor:\p=m-\Weare going through a period of health revival and it is good to look a little at our inconsistencies: we may derive benefit from so doing. We all admire the noble, scientific and disinterested work done by investigators. From their researches we know how diseases are disseminated, carried through or by this or that insect; we understand the germ theory and the methods of proliferation of these parasites. We wage war on disease by waging war on flies, mosquitoes, rats, etc.
more » ... e are extremely careful about keeping everything clean around us\p=m-\atleast we believe we are. Laws have been passed to quarantine (?) infected people or cause a segregation of diseased from healthy ones. In large cities isolation hospitals have been built and their construction for small towns is being agitated. To all appearances we could well rest on the work done; but let us see to it that books, newspapers, magazines, etc., do not accumulate on tables in our waiting-rooms, because of the danger of skin and other diseases being carried from one patient to another. Having done this we could work towards having a complete sterilization of all public library books as soon as returned. Clothing and other fomites are great car¬ riers of infection; infected clothing that has been unused for years has been the cause of epidemics. Why not, therefore, make it compulsory for physicians to wear special clothes when attending cases of contagious disease ? Such clothing could be made of material easily disinfected before being worn from house to house. Did we thus set a good example our¬ selves and show more consistency, quarantine regulations, which in very many places are a farce, could be more easily enforced.
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