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Low Sanitary Standards in Rural Communities

Low Sanitary Standards in Rural Communities To the Editor: —A Current Comment in The Journal (Oct. 7, 1911, p. 1214) leads me to describe the status quo of the town in which I am practicing. No doubt there are numerous parallel cases which literally "smell to heaven." while eliciting no reaction in the obtuse sensibilities of human beings. Our community has about 2,000 inhabitants, but is not incorporated, being part of the township government. It has been built up alongside a foundry which employs nearly all the men of the place; the owners of the foundry hold title to a large section of the dwellings. There is no sewer system and no public water-supply, a matter of surprise in view of the fact that the inhabitants are mostly American-born. In three squares of the section owned by the foundry authorities, the water-closets are without vaults and all overflow into open drains in the rear alleys, from http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Low Sanitary Standards in Rural Communities

JAMA , Volume LVII (18) – Oct 28, 1911

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1911 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1911.04260100299031
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Abstract

To the Editor: —A Current Comment in The Journal (Oct. 7, 1911, p. 1214) leads me to describe the status quo of the town in which I am practicing. No doubt there are numerous parallel cases which literally "smell to heaven." while eliciting no reaction in the obtuse sensibilities of human beings. Our community has about 2,000 inhabitants, but is not incorporated, being part of the township government. It has been built up alongside a foundry which employs nearly all the men of the place; the owners of the foundry hold title to a large section of the dwellings. There is no sewer system and no public water-supply, a matter of surprise in view of the fact that the inhabitants are mostly American-born. In three squares of the section owned by the foundry authorities, the water-closets are without vaults and all overflow into open drains in the rear alleys, from

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 28, 1911

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