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September 7, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(10):649. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470360041009

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The Philippine Commission has not neglected one of its chief duties, namely, attention to public health, a greater necessity in a tropical country even than in a temperate climate. Without positive knowledge as to the details of previous laws, it is yet safe to say that there has been much needing reform in this line, certainly this is so as regards the practical application of sanitary rules. Manila is already a very different place in this particular from what it was under former control, and the continuance of the good work is provided for. not only for the chief city but for the islands generally, by the enactment of a law constituting and providing for an Insular Board of Health, having full supervision of sanitary matters and vital statistics. The latter is also authorized as well to regulate and disseminate information on sanitary subjects among the people, to draft and

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