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  • n  a breeding ground for epidemic disease

  • Pennsylvania, rich, but with many pesthole slums, cut its lung-tuberculosis death rate from 37 per 100,000 in 1945 to 16 in 1952.
  • Under the dry surface he came on what looked like a pesthole.
  • But for its 245,000 inhabitants, jammed into some 230 narrow city blocks, Harlem is a virtual pesthole.

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