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December 22, 1888

"PENNY WISE, POUND FOOLISH."

JAMA. 1888;XI(25):883-884. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400760019003

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Abstract

We hasten to endorse the Peoria Transcript's proposition that the general assembly promptly abolish the State Board of Health. Founded originally for the promotion of the sanitary condition of the people it has lapsed into a mere technicality of medical practice and a mutual protective society for the profession of Illinois. No valid objections could be advanced against the Board of Health being operated in the interest of the medical profession if it were not maintained at the expense of the tax-payers. The cities are governed by sanitary regulations of their own, while in the country districts any justice of the peace is empowered to act in behalf of the protection of public health. The Board of Health seems to be an unnecessary institution and one from which the people derive little if any benefit. As its maintenance is quite expensive it should be altogether abolished in the interest of

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