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March 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(11):294. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390860014008

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The Illinois State Board of Health has inaugurated a system of inspection of houses and premises which, if carried out, will put them in possession of most valuable data for present or future sanitary work.

The circular recently issued by the Board promises that whatever may be done in anticipation of an epidemic of cholera will be equally serviceable for the restriction of other filth diseases.

The proposed plan is to make a systematic report of the hygienic features of every piece of property, accompanying it with a diagram of the same. Blanks are provided for this purpose, which, when filled out, are to be preserved by the local health authorities, by whom the work is to be prosecuted. Tabulated and condensed returns are to be made to the State Board of Health.

This plan, if carried out, would put the authorities in possession of many important facts; but there

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