Shifting Sands

Only a few years ago, people were taught to believe that sewer-gas was a dangerous and dreaded foe to the health of mankind. Today a physician who is a professor of epidemiology in a leading Western university, is quoted in the Berkeley (Cal.) Daily Gazette as saying:—

"The methods of health departments have changed materially in the last few years, though they cling to many antiquated practices. These practices are legacies from a time when even health officers believed that sewer-gas was dangerous and that diseases were transmitted through the air. In accordance with this belief, measures for the control of disease formerly dealt with the environment. Our plumbing ordinances require many feet of needless vent-pipe, since these ordinances are based on sewer-gas superstition."

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