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The annual reports of this Board have always taken the front rank among publications on sanitary subjects. Indeed it is not too much to claim for this Board that from its beginning in 1870 the reports issued have served as a model. The routine work as set forth in the current volume shows that the cities and towns of the Old Bay State appreciate the work of their Board of Health, and have year by year learned to depend more and more upon their advice in all matters affecting their respective municipalities. Nor is this aid to municipalities the sole good accomplished; every year some new topic of public hygiene is made a prominent feature of the report, with the effect of materially adding to our knowledge of the subject. Last year it was water filtration and the results of the experiment stations, and this year the accounts are continued.
Twenty-seventh Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Massachusetts.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(21):1118. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430990042020