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September 26, 1896

Tenth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Ohio for the year ending Oct. 31, 1895.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(13):717. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430910047010

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This volume shows that this Board is keeping pace with the sanitary advances made in other States, but they are seriously handicapped by being without any proper system of vital statistics. "No one," says the report, "knows the number of deaths or the number of births that occurred in Ohio during the past or in any other year. Thousands die and thousands are born of whom no official record is made or can be obtained. Crime is made easy, the settlement of estates and legacies difficult, and a study of the causes of death and means for their removal impossible from the lack of such records." The work is edited by Dr. C. O. Probst, the efficient secretary.

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