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December 8, 1883

Fifth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Kentucky, 1883.

JAMA. 1883;I(22):654-656. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390220022011

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Those who have watched the progress of State medicine during the past year have doubtless noted the difficulties under which the State Board of Health of Kentucky has labored. Of the six members of the Board (all physicians) two have habitually absented themselves from all meetings of the Board, and withheld their aid in all its undertakings. The cause of this seems to lie in simple lack of interest, rather than any disaffection on the part of the nonconforming members.

In the selection of its secretaries, the Board has been, to say the least, unfortunate. When first organized (in 1878) a secretary was elected under circumstances which necessitated his retirement in order to avoid the odium of public scandal and criticism. He was succeeded by another physician, who; after three years' tenure of the office, was requested to resign. In consequence of a lack of harmony between the Board and

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