Cholera Fumigating BoxFrom Scientific American, 1884
Those persons whom business takes to the infected districts of France - for few are likely to resort thither for pleasure at the present time - will be glad to learn that the fumigation system at the Marseilles and Toulon railway stations has been abolished as useless and vexatious. This disagreeable ordeal was in full force at Avignon early in July, as shown by this sketch by Mr. E. Prioleau Warren, who, with other unfortunates, was exposed for a quarter of an hour to the fumes of strong carbolic acid. In Geneva, according to another correspondent, Mr. Thomas Howie, still more stringent precautions are adopted. The suspected person is placed in a box about 6 feet high, in which he stands upright, with only his head outside, a towel being wrapped around his neck. The process occupies from three to four minutes, and the disinfectants used are chloride of lime and carbolic acid. The top piece of the box is made to slide in, and is removed when the process is completed. While the sliding board is being removed, the towel comes in handy as a respirator.
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