"Spitting is dangerous, indecent, and against the law!" legislating health behavior during the American tuberculosis crusade.

  • Jeanne E Abrams
  • Published 2013 in
    Journal of the history of medicine and allied…

Abstract

Tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in early twentieth-century America. Reducing the sputum vector of contagion by changing public behavior initially focused on anti-spitting campaigns. According to most Progressive Era health experts, "promiscuous" spitting was a prime culprit in spreading the disease. Beginning in 1896 in New York, towns and… (More)
DOI: 10.1093/jhmas/jrr073

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@article{Abrams2013SpittingID, title={"Spitting is dangerous, indecent, and against the law!" legislating health behavior during the American tuberculosis crusade.}, author={Jeanne E Abrams}, journal={Journal of the history of medicine and allied sciences}, year={2013}, volume={68 3}, pages={416-50} }