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April 5, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(14):390-391. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390380026010

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Matters in Congress of Medical Interest.  -March 3, Mr. Pettibone, of Tennessee, introduced a bill (H. R. 5603) into the House of Representatives which was referred to the Select Committee on the Public Health, and which was in effect: That the Surgeon Generals of the U. S. A., the U. S. Navy, and Supervising Surgeon-General of the U. S. Marine Hospital Service, shall hereafter constitute the United States Board of Health, with the powers and authority now exercised by the National Board of Health. Sec. 2 requires the consular officers to report to the Secretary of State all matters affecting the public health coming under their notice. Sec. 3 orders sanitary investigations to be made at the Museum of Hygiene of the Navy Department, under the direction of the Surg.-Gen. U. S. Navy. Sec. 4 puts the quarantine service under the direction of the Supervising Surgeon General of the Marine

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