Medicine: Yes, My Darling Daughter

Last week medical opinion hinted that, barring tumbles, the bathtub may be the safest place for summer bathing:

¶The New York World-Telegram was whooping up its favorite hot-weather story: pollution of Manhattan's beaches. The U.S. Public Health Service, said the World-Telegram, considers any water with a count of more than 1,000 coliform bacteria (pollution by sewage) per 100 cubic centimeters (a large mouthful) unfit for bathing. Samples from Coney Island and Staten Island ran above 6,900. The East River hit 69,000.

¶Even swimming pools filled with filtered, chlorinated water are not too safe....

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