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June 7, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230048011

In the discussion of "some problems in municipal sanitation from an executive standpoint," W. C. Woodward,1 Health Officer of the District of Columbia, says that the difficulty in securing competent officers in the contagious disease service and competent chemists and bacteriologists to take charge of the laboratories arises chiefly from the uncertain tenure of office and the inadequacy of compensation. The British Medical Association has been instrumental in securing the introduction in the House of Commons of a bill which seeks to amend the law relating to the tenure of office of medical officers of health and sanitary inspectors. In England, at present, the medical officer of health is appointed for one, three or five years, and the sanitary inspector for one year. The bill provides that properly educated and qualified men shall be appointed to these offices and shall be secure in their positions as long as they