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February 5, 1916


JAMA. 1916;LXVI(6):428-429. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580320036015

An investigation of health departments in 219 cities of the United States has recently been completed by the Department of Surveys and Exhibits of the Russell Sage Foundation.1 The investigation, which was carried on entirely by mail, was limited to cities having a population of 25,000 and over, according to the census of 1910. There are 227 such cities, and reports were received from all but eight of those addressed. The questions asked concerned appropriations, infant hygiene work, laboratory service, health, education and publicity, control of venereal diseases, housing regulations, dispensary service, tuberculosis work, industrial hygiene, and the number of privies.

The figures with regard to appropriations excluded all funds applied to hospitals, sanatoriums, plumbing inspection, street cleaning, removal or disposal of dead animals, refuse, garbage or night soil, and any other unusual expenditures of indirect hygienic value. The average per capita expenditure was 32.7 cents. Excluding New York,