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September 21, 1889

THE IMPORTANCE AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS OF LOCAL BOARDS OF HEALTH.Read in the Section of State Medicine, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June 25,1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):403-407. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090007001a

Although much has been said and written upon the subject of local health organizations, the indifference which is still widely prevalent in our country, outside of the large cities, in regard to the necessity for the formation and proper administration of such bodies, and the great intrinsic importance of the question itself, furnish some reasons for additional remarks.

The protection and preservation of health through measures taken against those dangers which threaten it from preventable causes is a subject which not only concerns sanitarians but also every member of a community, and as these measures must necessarily depend chiefly upon the local board and its health officer, the value of efficient boards of health cannot be overestimated if the advantages of sanitary measures are to be regarded at all. It is, indeed, unnecessary to remind any intelligent man who has paid the least attention to sanitary science of the importance