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August 1, 1908

Medical News

JAMA. 1908;LI(5):414-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540050054014

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To Enforce Food Law.  —AS a result of the recent decision of the police court that prosecutions for the alleged sale of impure milk and food products can not be conducted by the District of Columbia, the Secretary of Agriculture has designated Dr. R. L. Lynch, district chemist, as a special assistant in the bureau of chemistry. Violations of the Pure Food Law will be prosecuted by the Department of Agriculture acting on data furnished by the health department.

Vital Statistics.  —During the week ended July 4, there were reported to the health department of the district 136 deaths; diarrheal diseases leading with 29, followed by heart disease with 14, and tuberculosis with 13 deaths. Of the decedents 37 were under one year of age; 20 were 70 years old or over. During the same week 145 births were reported.—On July 4 there were reported in the

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