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In his annual report for 1913, Dr. Victor G. Heiser, director of health in the Philippines, interestingly sets forth the results of the year's work. Heiser calls attention to the numerous and varied activities of the department, which concern many more subjects than health department activities in the states. The field includes not only those responsibilities usually imposed on health organizations such as the collection and compilation of vital statistics and the protection of the public from dangerous communicable diseases, but also the distribution of public charities, the care of the insane, orphans and the aged, the administration of general and special hospitals, the hygienic and medical care of civilian employees, the administration of the Food and Drugs Act, investigation of the water-supply, plumbing and building ordinances, making physical examinations for entrance into public service, and many other duties. The report takes up briefly practically all of these subjects, giving
Annual Report OF THE BUREAU OF Health FOR THE PHILIPPINE Islands.. JAMA. 1914;LXII(17):1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560420059035