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Office of the State Board of Health,
Bowling Green, Ky., October 1, 1905.
To Hon. J. C. W. Beckham, Governor of Kentucky:
Sir:-In compliance with the laws of this State, I have the honor to present to you the accompanying report of the board for the biennial period ending April 1, 1905.
J. N. McCORMACK, Secretary.
VI. Health Laws, Rules and Court Decisions.
VII. Medical Law and Court Decisions.
VIII. State Medical Directory, by Counties.
'This volume will be found to contain a brief outline of the public health work done in the State from April 1, 1903, to October 1, 1905; reports from health officers of counties and municipalities; the health laws, and certain court decisions construing and defining them; and the rules and regulations, prepared under authority of law for the guidance of health officials and others.
On account of the still almost constant epidemic prevalence of smallpox in many counties, the time and attention of the health authorities have been taken up with nearly continuous warfare against this disease, but the report also seeks to furnish at least more trustworthy information than has heretofore been possible, which may be suggestive and helpful in the prevention and restriction of other preventable and communicable diseases, and especially of the dangerous domestic pestilences which are always present in Kentucky. Named in the order of their importance, as indicated by available sick and death rates, as well as by the consensus of medical opinion, these diseases are consumption, cholera infantum, typhoid fever, diphtheria, dysentery, and scarlet fever.
Feeling confident from the imperfect vital statistics heretofore collected, that any one of these diseases causes more deaths in Kentucky every year than smallpox, yellow fever and cholera have done in all the history of the State, the following letter and circular was sent to every doctor in the State, either directly in the larger counties, or through the health officers in the smaller ones:
“Dear Doctor:-We are very anxious to get up a fairly accurate report as to the morbidity and expense of preventable diseases in this State in the past two years. To get this we must have your hearty co-operation. We are convinced that with these figures we can do much to help the profession of the State.
"I am sending you a blank that I want to get filled out as accurately as possible. I am going to take the time to tabulate these reports,