July 21, 1917

State Sanitation: A Review of the Work of the Massachusetts State Board of Health.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):230. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300070031

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Dr. Whipple's review of the work of the Massachusetts State Board of Health will be read with profit by those interested in preventive medicine. Chapter 1 on the early history of public health in Massachusetts has all the fascination of a story. The reader learns, with the delight of meeting an old friend, that Paul Revere, the well known "rider" of whom he read and recited in his school boy days, was the chairman of the first board of health of Boston. Feb. 13, 1799, the people of Boston elected a board of health, and, March 9, the board organized by electing Paul Revere as president and Mr. John W. Folsom as secretary. Various health ordinances, either in the colony or in the town, had already been enacted, usually following some epidemic; but this was the first official health board to be organized. Among the rules and regulations promulgated by

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