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November 4, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(19):1181-1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450710063026

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Health Officer Allen is making every endeavor to influence physicians of the city to make proper returns to the health office, in order to bring the department up to the standard and carry out public health work. The ordinances quoted are thoroughly comprehensive and include the following—there being a penalty of from $25 to $50 for violation: Reporting the births by physician, midwife or other person assisting at a birth within seven days thereafter. These include the date of birth, sex, color, name of parents and maiden name of mother; reporting cases of consumption, whooping-cough, typhoid fever—these for the use of the Department and in no case to be given out for publication; reporting diphtheria, croup, scarlatina, smallpox, varioloid, and prescribing length of quarantine These have been enacted at various times and are now included in one notice to Louisville physicians. A more comprehensive death return would be an improvement

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