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May 30, 1896

City of St. Louis Health Department, eighteenth annual report of the Commissioner, for the year ending March 31, 1895.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(22):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430740043021

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This report of Dr. Homan is more than usually interesting. In addition to the report of the Health Commissioner the annual statements of subordinate officers, and of the superintendents of the City Hospital, Insane Asylum, Female Hospital, Poor House, and of the Physician to the Quarantine and Smallpox hospitals. "St. Louis," says Dr. Homan "is the focal point of all this drainage1 and must bear the brunt of the attack as best she may, no place of any considerable size below drawing public supplies from the channel of the Mississippi, therefore the means of prevention and correction should be most diligently considered here and now." He therefore recommends the Smart bill to appoint a National Commission for the investigation of the pollution of water supplies where such pollution affects or threatens to affect the water supply of more than one State. It is to be regretted that the bill

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