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Reports just received from Virginia indicate that the vital statistics bill, now before the legislature, will probably fail of passage. The bill is drawn along the lines recommended by the census department of the national government, and endorsed by the Conference on Medical Legislation of the American Medical Association. It is also in harmony with the recommendations of the American Public Health Association, the American Statistical Association and other competent scientific bodies, yet, according to the statement in the January Bulletin of the Virginia Board of Health, this bill can not become a law, on account of the opposition of the undertakers throughout the state. The Bulletin says: "Why the undertakers should make this attack on a bill which promises so much for preventive medicine is beyond comprehension. The answer is simply and solely because it may give then a little trouble to file the certificate of death with the
VITAL STATISTICS BILL MAY FAIL IN VIRGINIA.. JAMA. 1908;L(6):458. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530320046009