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This Report opens with some statistical statements in regard to relief furnished by the Marine-Hospital Service, followed by several pages of circular matter in regard to quarantine service. The arrangements for maritime quarantine are now said to be very good. Two dozen pages are devoted to a consideration of the late epidemic of yellow fever in Florida, and one dozen pages to the late National Board of Health, and to propositions that have been made to rehabilitate that organization. The National Board of Health being practically extinct, and being and having been in no way connected with the Marine-Hospital Service, it may be asked why a dozen pages should be printed in this Report, apparently for the purpose of laying a ghost. If so many words are required to prove that a deceased body is deceased, and should remain in that condition, one has grave doubts as to the validity
Annual Report of the Supervising Surgeon-General of the Marine-Hospital Service. JAMA. 1889;XII(8):285–286. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400850033010
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