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Dr. Chapin's work is a valuable compilation of the data of sanitary legislation in the United States, including the laws in regard to the registration of vital statistics. It is a compendium of sanitary practice, and not intended so much to say what should be done as what has been and is being done. The author's personal opinions are not obtruded, though they may be indicated in places. The utility of such a volume is at once apparent; there are few who are interested in sanitary matters who have not at times felt the need of a work of the kind. It does not materially lessen its value that it is impossible for it to be absolutely up to date; that would be impossible with the extensive field covered and the ever-present vicissitudes of municipal legislation. It is, nevertheless, probably as nearly so as it is possible for such a
Municipal Sanitation in the United States.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(23):1649. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470230051014