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August 29, 1896

STATE MEDICINE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND HOW WE MAY INCREASE ITS EFFICIENCY.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):468-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870016001g

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Abstract

The State Board of Health and Vital Statistics of Pennsylvania was organized in June, 1885, so that its existence covers a period of a little less than eleven years. The appropriation made for it on its natal day called for $5,000 per year, and the appropriation made ten years later was for $6,000 per year, so you may easily judge that there has been no great development of cerebral matter in the legislature of our good Keystone State during the past ten years. Out of this enormous sum $2,000 is paid to the secretary and executive officer of the board. I understand that the clerk of the board receives $1,500 per year, and this leaves the munificent sum of $2,500, which according to the terms of the act is to be expended, or so much of it as may be necessary, for postage, telegrams, express charges, rent, incidental office expenses,

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