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September 27, 1884

Fifth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Illinois.

JAMA. 1884;III(13):363. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390620027014

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This report contains: Abstract of proceedings at the meetings during the year 1882; medical laws and institutions of the United States and Canada; smallpox epidemic, 1880-82; vaccination in Illinois; Proceedings of the Sanitary Council of the Mississippi Valley; mortality statistics, and many other matters collateral to these general topics.

Several minor points are worthy of note. In this report the value of the immigrant inspection service of the National Board of Health is clearly demonstrated. The questions used for the examination of candidates for licenses by the State Board, Clearly show the impropriety of such examinations being conducted by other than practical teachers in medical science. In justification of this criticism we quote the following:

What chemical elements are contained in pure grape sugar not found in cane sugar? A catch question and not justifiable in an examination. Give the therapeutic uses and applications of aqua fluvialis or fontana? These

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