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The is as insufficient as the hospital cloak does not give suf- SOCIAL DISEASES 36 ficient protection yards and against the draughts of the courtspecial voucher from the corridors. A obtain a flannel vest, and required a favour which, once granted, is hardly ever repeated for the same patient. But what of the rest doctor it to is is so necessary to these poor patients, yet so rarely obtained in hospital ? Every day, early in the morning, the process of cleaning begins and goes on all day, except when the doctors or relatives are visiting the wards.

The Poor Law Relief generously allows them three to five francs per INDIGENT CONSUMPTIVES 37 they wander from refuge to slum, from slum to refuge, or in the summer they lie on the benches or under the bridges the most fortunate, those who are cared for by a hard-working family, abundantly month ; ; contaminate the premises of those who shelter them. But all alike, wandering along the public thoroughfares, in search of the light work that no one is willing to give them, or some problematical assistance, their virulent expectorations wherever they go and these, transformed into dust, are freely dis- scatter ; tributed by the next gust of wind, or perhaps by the brooms of the municipal sweepers, over the passersof all ages and either sex.

Coholic does not become tuberculous, does he not beget children predisposed to tuberculosis? In other words again, does not heredito-alcoholism cause a predisposition to tuberculosis It is an indisputable society alcoholism occurrence among is the ? fact that in certain classes of found to ascendants be of of frequent tuberculous persons. There are communities in which, despite practice of voluntary restriction, the birth-rate none the less remains fairly high. The children, moreover, are sickly, and fall a prey to industrial habitual the The mothers provide the key to this a problem couple of words.

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