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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1066-1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460050020

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The president of the Michigan State Board of Health, in his biennial address, reviews the work of the board and dwells with excusable pride on the record it has made and the standing it has acquired in the estimation of sanitarians. While some useful lines of work have had to be discontinued for lack of funds, in the main the board has gone steadily on in its operations and its results have not decreased. The health of the people has steadily improved, the death-rate for 1898 being only 12.5; and the vital statistics of the State show a constantly diminishing number of deaths from nearly all of the communicable disorders. While not all of this can be charged, perhaps, to the labors of the board, it is nevertheless entitled to much the largest portion of the credit. It is gratifying to note that since the board began its active campaign

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