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April 18, 1908

Thirtieth Annual Report of the Department of Public Health, Augusta, Georgia.

JAMA. 1908;L(16):1295. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530420063030

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The sanitary conditions of Augusta may be judged from the fact that not only are the white mortality returns low, but the negro returns also, which have gradually decreased from 36.68 per 1,000 in 1900 to 22.78 per 1,000 in 1907, show "the lowest death rate of our colored population since the days of slavery, and in all probability the lowest in the entire South." The report gives great credit to the colored physicians for the aid rendered by them in the establishment of better sanitary conditions among their own race. Free vaccine and antitoxin have been supplied when necessary, a charity demanded alike, as the report states, by humanity and self-interest. A system is in vogue regarding tuberculosis whereby physicians are invited toreport their cases on the understanding that, unless at the instance of the physician, the department shall not interfere, merely reporting the case and disinfecting the premises

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