A tribute to toilet paper

Walter T. Hughes

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In modern use, toilet paper would seem to play an important role as a barrier to the transmission of enteric infection by the fecal-manual-oral route. A historical review reveals a dearth of information on this topic. The remarkable compliance with the hygienic practice of toilet paper use is in contrast to the more limited compliance with hand-washing policies touted universally as a sound infection-control measure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-222
Number of pages5
JournalReviews of Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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