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October 27, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1382-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520170046009

A noteworthy appointment has recently been made by the authorities of Ontario County, New York, namely, that of a county bacteriologist at a salary of $1,500 a year. The Medical Times,1 from which we learn of this innovation, points out that this is probably the first appointment of its kind in the country. Ontario County has a population of 50,000, the largest city being Geneva, with 11,000. The rest of the population is largely agricultural. Special legislation was necessary in order to make the appropriation; the appointment was nonpolitical, and the services of the bacteriologist are to be free to all the physicians of the county, under the supervision of the health officers. Ontario County is worthy of commendatory congratulations for this wise and beneficial action, which other counties will do well in studying with a view to doing likewise. Only by some such arrangement as this will it

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