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October 23, 1897

RELATION OF RAILWAY COMPANIES TO STATE BOARDS OF HEALTH.

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CHIEF SURGEON BOSTON AND MAINE RAILWAY, CONCORD, N. H.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(17):834-836. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440430014002d

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Abstract

In the last twenty years it has become a well-settled fact that State boards of health are primarily intended to take cognizance of the interests of health and life among the people of the State; and while it may be true that the work of a State board is to a considerable extent educational in its character, yet its scope is practically unlimited. Its observations and duties should not only pertain to the physical welfare of every citizen of a State, but business interests should receive due attention and the commercial relation of State, federal and international prosperity should never be ignored nor forgotten. Therefore, a bureau of health becomes an integral part of the executive department of a State, around which every citizen has the "inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Such conditions represent the brightest and most potent exponents of a higher civilization, in

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