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August 13, 1904

THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH AND MARINE-HOSPITAL SERVICE.PART I. A HISTORICAL SKETCH.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(7):461-462. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500070002

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(C) DR. HAMILTON'S ADMINISTRATION (1879-1891).  In 1879 Surgeon-General Woodworth died, and was succeeded by Surgeon John B. Hamilton. The new head of the service vigorously pursued the policy inaugurated by his predecessor in office. The regulations were revised and brought up to date, embodying the substance of circulars and orders issued since 1873. Stricter accountability for public property, improved discipline, greater amount of relief furnished at a relatively less cost, and greater accuracy in the medical statistics were the objects attained by rigid enforcement of regulations.During the first four years of Dr. Hamilton's administration, the National Board of Health, created by the law of 1879, was in active existence, and the publichealth work of the service did not increase in consequence. The law under which the National Board of Health operated expired by limitation, June 2, 1883, and the Marine-Hospital Service took charge of national quarantime and

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