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August 29, 1885

Report of the Department of Health, City of Chicago, for the Years 1883 and 1884.

JAMA. 1885;V(9):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391080026014

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Those interested in public health, especially that of large cities, will find some very interesting and instructive reading in this Report of Health Commissioner De Wolf. In the very beginning of the report Dr. De Wolf justly criticises the useless bit of "red-tape" which gives the cleansing of streets to the Department of Public Works, and the cleansing of alleys and removal of house garbage from streets and alleys to the Department of Health. On this point he says: "The cleaning of a great city—and keeping it clean—is a labor of enormous magnitude, and of the most vital importance, and as there is really no demarcation between filth of the street and filth in the alleys, there should be no division of responsibility in its removal, and, in my opinion, one contract should cover the whole. Such a course should ensure efficiency and economy."

In addition to the usual duties

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