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December 19, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(25):1305. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431030041006

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It is reported that the New York City Board of Health is about to follow the lead of Boston, in the matter of school inspection for the repression of infectious disease. It is proposed to employ a staff of physicians, 150 in number, for a period of ten months in the year. The corps of physicians is to be superintended by a chief inspector, whose salary will be $2,500; the members of this staff will receive $30 per month, making the total cost of the bureau $47,500. Dr. George B. Fowler, the Medical Commissioner of the Department, has stated that a preliminary investigation, covering a period of over two months, has left the profound impression that, while there may not be at the present time any special prevalence of contagious diseases among children of the school-age in that city, a material improvement in the death rate can be effected by

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