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The Chicago Health Department has utilized, during the past five years, the services of volunteer health inspectors whose duty was chiefly or largely to go out in the sections occupied by the poorer classes and give instructions as to hygienic needs. Their work was done especially in the hot midsummer months when the sanitary shortcomings are most serious in their effects, particularly to infants and young children. The results are best shown by the fact that the deaths of children under five years of age, since these inspections have been made, are 14,000 less in number than during the preceding five years. Over 10,000 homes have been inspected and many cases of contagious disease without medical attendance were found; a vast amount of insanitary conditions was corrected, largely by the householders themselves at the suggestion of the inspectors. So far as possible, anything like harsh police methods was avoided; the
VOLUNTEER HEALTH INSPECTORS. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(14):917. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470400041010
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