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  •  This was commonplace in Europe until recently (3+ / 0-)
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    Batya the Toon, JeffW, mrkvica

    Before the introduction of antibiotics, consumptives would be sent to sanatoria, residential homes in locales with clean air, often in the countryside, far from cities, by the sea or in upper alpine districts in Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria.  Before the 1956 and 1968 Clean Air Acts, which banned burning  non-smokeless fuel, London was infamous for its fog, to the extent that many Americans still think it is.  The Great Smog of 1952 is estimated to have killed up to 12,000 people.  This is well within living memory.  I wouldn't be so quick to mock.  When did the Cuyahoga river last catch fire?

    Tony.

    quis custodiet ipsos custodes -- Juvenal VI, 347-8

    by golem on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:56:15 AM PDT

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