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The admirable character of the work done by the Illinois State Board of Health is well illustrated in the contents of this report. The greater portion of the volume is occupied with the official register of physicians and midwives which is very complete. The physician's register gives the name, date of registration, school of practice, residence, age, nativity and basis of certificate in each instance. Illinois is the only State in the Union which exercises supervision over midwives, and the weeding-out process which has been so successfully applied to the medical profession has also accomplished considerable good in restraining unqualified women from the practice of midwifery. The proper control of midwives is one of the most important subjects that can occupy the attention of the State Boards of Health, and we hope that the other States will soon follow the lead of Illinois.
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Tenth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Illinois. JAMA. 1890;XIV(24):879. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410240035014
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