St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 18; 1901.
To the Editor:
—In the N. Y. Medical Journal of Nov. 3, 1900, Dr. A. H. Doty discusses this subject as bearing upon marine sanitation. It is true, as he states, that in the past there has been much unwarranted fussiness in the administration of marine quarantine. Methods have been in vogue that caused much delay in the discharge of passengers, mails and cargo, that were in no way based upon scientific teaching, and that were largely in demand chiefly for the benefit of the port sanitary officials.Had Dr. Doty confined his arguments to marine sanitary methods deserving of criticism, his field would have been sufficiently wide. But there are many statements in his paper which have no bearing upon the disinfection of a cargo of iron in the hold of a vessel, or of rags that supposedly have been steamed and baled