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A few weeks since we called attention to the very imperfect returns of births and deaths in this State, as shown in the last general report of the Illinois State Board of Health, caused by the neglect of physicians in reporting cases as required by the law. Some amendments to the law designed to aid in securing more complete returns in future have been presented in the State Legislature, now in session, and we trust they will receive early and favorable consideration.
If the State will furnish the members of the profession in every town convenient blank certificates, both for births and deaths, and annually publish the results in a form accessible for convenient study or reference, most certainly the physicians should be willing to fill the blanks and promptly mail them to the proper town or county officer. Correct vital statistics relating to the population of any town, county
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE IN ILLINOIS.. JAMA. 1887;VIII(8):212. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391330016008
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