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February 7, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(6):160-161. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390810020008

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London, Jan. 7, 1885.

A most valuable and important report by the medical officer of the local government board has just been issued as a supplement to the report of the board itself. Dr. Buchanan records the increasing recognition which, under Sir Charles Dilke, the medical staff of the board receives, and says that quite 6,000 questions were referred to it in 1883. His report tells the year's history of vaccination work, of medical inquiries into epidemics, and the communication of diseases by milk; and with a glance at the cholera, passes on to the important scientific investigations made during the year into the chemistry of putrefaction, as well as into questions of infection and disinfection, and the organisms which produce disease. The antivaccinationists have not made much diminution in the use of the great prophylactic against small-pox. The latest returns are for 1881, but they show that only 3.8

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