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give Dr. Murphey the benefit of any reasonable doubt they would be made more specific. The charges were prepared and read to Dr. Murphey and his attorney, and it was agreed that copy of the charges was to be furnished to Mr. Phelps by the following day, that an answer would be filed on or before Wednesday, October 26th, and a final hearing had at the Galt House, at 7:30 p. m., November 7, 1898. (The Board was enjoined in the Warren Circuit Court from proceeding in this matter, and the case is still pending in the courts.)
The president of the Board was also directed to cause notice to be served on Dr. P. H. Woodall of Fairview, Franklin or Bowling Green, to appear before the meeting of the Board to be held November 7th, to answer charges preferred against him for alleged violation of the medical law and show cause why his certificate should not be revoked. (Similar injunction to the above was obtained in this case and it is also pending in the courts.)
REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS OF THE
STATE BOARD OF HEALTH.
REGULAR ANNUAL MEETING, APRIL 11, 1899.
The Board met in regular annual session at the Galt House, Louisville, at 3 p. m., Tuesday, April 11, 1899. Present: Drs. Mathews, Bailey, Dixon, Letcher, Fuller and McCormack, members, and Drs. M. K. Allen, F. T. Eisenman, and B. W. Smock, visitors.
The secretary presented his financial statement for the preceding year. Drs. Bailey and Letcher were appointed a committee to audit the books and accounts of the secretary, and reported later that they had found the same correct. The statement is as follows:
er itemized statement ...
FINANCIAL STATEMENT FROM APRIL 1, 1898, TO APRIL 1, 1899.
......... $4,088 20
187 50 Printing : ...................
174 50 Telegrams and express ......
119 99 Office expenses, books, vaccine, etc. ........
113 85 Attorney's and court fees ..
94 20 Postage . ........
74 00 Total ...
....... ... $3,612 59
Drs. Letcher, Dixon and Fuller were appointed a committee to formulate a statement for publication in regard to cerebro-spinal meningitis. They presented the following, which was adopted:
Whereas, The newspaper reports concerning cerebro-spinal meningitis in this and other states have been greatly exaggerated, and hence have unnecessarily alarmed many of our citizens:
Resolved, That it is the consensus of opinion, gleaned from the best medical authors, and from the observations of this Board in this and former outbreaks of the disease, that it is very slightly, if at all, contagious.
Resolved, That now, as at all times, all premises should be kept in the best sanitary condition, and that all rooms should be carefully disinfected after the termination of each case.
Resolved, That we do not think it necessary that schools should be dismissed or pupils kept from school. As it is a cold weather disease, we can reasonably hope that it will soon disappear.
Dr. Bailey offered, and the Board adopted the following:
Whereas, There have been a number of cases of small-pox in Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and other cities; and,
Whereas, Exaggerated statements have been published in the press in regard to the number of cases in Louisville, greatly to the detriment of the commerce of the city; therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the opinion of the State Board of Health there is no danger in coming to Louisville, inasmuch as the disease is almost exclusively confined to the colored population, and the Health Department is extremely vigilant in the detection and isolation of cases, and the prompt vaccination of any parties exposed, and every case of the disease is at once removed to the Eruptive Hospital, five miles in the country.
Dr. McCormack offered the following, which was adopted:
Whereas, It has come to the knowledge of this Board that smallpox is now widely prevalent in the colored population in Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Memphis, Evansville and other cities and towns having direct and rapid communication with a majority of the towns and districts of this state; and,
Whereas, This disease has already been conveyed by such travel into twelve counties, and in at least three instances colored persons in the eruptive stage of the disease have been brought into and carried long distances on trains and boats within this state, exposing hundreds of unsuspecting passengers to contagion from this most dreaded and loathsome disease; and,
Whereas, The disease has so far been confined to the colored race almost exclusively, largely because such a large per cent of this race is unprotected by vaccination, and the unrestricted travel of such per
sons is, in the opinion of this Board, a menace to the health and lives of the people of this state. Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That it shall be unlawful for any colored person, or any other person who has been exposed to small-pox, to leave Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Memphis, Evansville, or any other point or place where small-pox now or may hereafter prevail, for any point or place in the state of Kentucky by any railroad train, steamboat or other conveyance without a certificate of recent vaccination from the health officer at such point of departure; and it is hereby made the duty of ticket agents, conductors or others having charge of the transportation of passengers to or within this state to at once transmit to the city or county health officer at the point of destination the name and full description of any person violating this regulation. Any person violating this regulation is subject to arrest and prosecution when he reaches his destination.
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Upon motion, Dr. J. M. Mathews was unanimously reelected president for the next two years. Dr. J. N. McCormack was unanimously re-elected secretary for the statutory term of four years. Drs. Bailey, Mathews and McCormack were elected as the Executive Committee of the Board for two years, with power to act for the Board during the interval of meetings.
The secretary reported that in accordance with instructions he had caused public notice to be given that only those diplomas will hereafter be recognized as a basis for certificates to practice medicine in this state which are issued from colleges whose minimum requirements are equal to those of the American Medical College Association, the American Institute of Homeopathy or the American Eclectic Medical College Association, respectively. He stated, however, that in his opinion the rigid enforcement of the rule as to all graduates from three-years' schools for the college years just ending would likely work many individual hardships to young men from this state who had attended such schools without being fully informed as to our requirements, and who might be qualified to practice medicine. After full discussion of the matter the Executive Committee was directed to arrange for the examination of such of these graduates for the past college year as might present themselves, and to grant certificates to such of them as made a grade of not less than 70 in each branch of medicine.
Reaffirming its action in 1891 in regard to the recog
nition of medical colleges, to be indorsed as reputable within the meaning of the law, and whose diplomas will hereafter be made the basis for certificates to practice medicine in this state, the following schedule of minimum requirements was adopted:
Each student applying for admission to lecture courses will present to the faculty of the college:
1. Creditable certificates of good moral character signed by two physicians of good standing in the state where the applicant last resided.
2. (1) A diploma or certificate of graduation from some reputable literary or scientific college, academy, high school, normal school, the medical student's certificate issued by any state examining board covering the following entrance examination:
(2). Before admission an examination in the following branches, in each of which the applicant should possess, at least, the knowledge required at the completion of one year of study in one of the schools before named, viz.: English grammar, arithmetic, elementary physics, United States history, geography and Latin. One year is allowable in which to make up defects in any one study, but no student shall be given a certificate of attendance for such year or admitted to the second course until the above entrance requirements are satisfied.
3. Colleges are free to give students who have met the entrance requirements credit for one year of time in the four years' course, to be hereinafter provided, who hold the A, B., B. S., or equivalent degree from reputable literary colleges, or who are graduates of reputable colleges of dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary medicine, which require attendance upon two full courses for graduation.
4. The following branches of medical science shall be embraced in the course of instruction: 1, anatomy; 2, physiology; 3, chemistry; 4, materia medica and therapeutics; 5, theory and practice of medicine; 6. pathology and bacteriology; 7, surgery; 8, obstetrics; 9, gynecology; 10, hygiene; 11, medical jurisprudence.
5. The time occupied in each course shall not be less than six months, or twenty-six weeks, and four full courses of lectures, no two in the same year, shall be essential for graduation with the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
6. Regular attendance during the entire lecture course shall be required, allowance being made for sickness of the student not to exceed 20 per centum of the course. Regular examinations or quizzes will be made by each lecturer or professor at least once a week. Each graduate must have done regular dissections during two or more courses. and three full courses of clinical or hospital instructions. The time of professional study will not be less than four full calendar years.
7. The college must show that it has a sufficient and competent corps of con petent instructors, and the necessary equipment and facilities for teaching, including, particularly, demonstrations and clinics.
8. Only regularly conducted and legally chartered medical colleges whose terms of admission, courses and equipments conform to this schedule of minimum requirements, and the other requirements of a medical education which obtain as the practice of a majority of the established medical colleges of the United States shall be considered reputable medical colleges within the meaning of the laws of Kentury