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STATE BOARD OF HEALTH OF MARYLAND, 1899.

Dr. S. CHASE DE KRAFFT, Cambridge, term expires January, 1900, Pres. DR. WM. H. WELCH, Baltimore,

on " " 1902.

o 16 DR. JOHN MORRIS, Baltimore,

" 1902. MR. J. B. NOEL WYATT, Baltimore, " " " 1900. Hon. GEORGE R. GAITHER, Attorney-General, Ex-Officio. . DR. C. HAMPSON Jones, Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Ex-Officio Dr. John S. FULTON, Baltimore, Secretary.

EMPLOYEES.

PROF. W. B. D. PENNIMAN, Analyst.
DR. WM. R. STOKES, Biologist.
MR. CHARLES N. Mitten, Inspector.
M. L. RULLMAN, Clerk.
E. M. WHITE, Assistant in Bacteriological Laboratory.

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Showing the principal causes of death from July 1, 1898, to

June 30, 1899, arranged in the order of their importance... XXII Total mortality from July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899, classified by age-periods.....

XXIY Showing the proportion of deaths reported in each county on an

assumed death rate of seventeen per thousand of popula

tion living ........ Counties in the order of the number of deaths actually reported. XXVI Mortality from July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899, classified by months XXVII Comparative mortality from preventable diseases July 1, 1898, to June 30, 1899..........

XXIX Mortality of the principal preventable diseases in the last six months of 1898.

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PAGE. Members, Officers and Employees.......... Letter of Transmission ....... Report of the Secretary ............... Reports of the County Health Officers.... Reports of the Town Health Officers.

32 Report of the Biologist......

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Report of the Registrar of Vital Statistics....
Report of the Chemist.........
Clerical Report......
President's Address before the Maryland Public Health Association...
List of Illustrations...

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To His EXCELLENCY JOHN WALTER SMITH,

Governor of the State of Maryland. The death of Mr. Frederick H. Smith and the appointment of Dr. S. Chase de Krafft to a position in the federal army necessitated a change of duties on the part of the members of the Board. Any inconvenience that might have resulted from these unforseen circumstances was remedied by the prompt and unremitting services of the Secretary, whose very ample report we have now the honor to present to your Excellency. The work done that is most important may be summarized as follows:

The vital statistics law of the last General Assembly, the good effects of which have been already felt throughout the State.

The bacteriological service of the State has been of great and generally recognized utility by the medical profession.

Analyses have been made of about three hundred specimens of water from different parts of the State during the past year. This work has been done at the request of medical men, and frequently by the heads of families, which requests are made through local health officers.

The inspector has, by direction of the Board, visited and inspected slaughter-houses throughout the State. He also interviewed all the undertakers in all the important towns, and instructed them concerning the operations and technical details of the vital statistics law. In addition to this he has travelled extensively in examining water supplies. In his manifold labors he has greatly assisted the Secretary.

The Board now meets monthly and your Excellency will agree that the amount of necessary important business could not be properly discussed and treated with due consideration if we met as formerly, but four times a year.

The number of local boards have increased in two years from twenty-five to thirty-nine. This of itself proves the extent and progress of the work of the Board. These thirty-nine boards of health give employment to forty-two health officers, not including the fifteen vaccine physicians in Washington County, all of whom have definite sanitary duties aside from vaccination. The Board of Health of Baltimore is not included in this list.

At the last meeting of the Board, the second week in January, 1900, the following officers and employees were elected:

Dr. William H. Welch was elected President; Prof. W. B. D. Penniman, Analyst, and Mr. Charles N. Mitten, Inspector.

JOHN MORRIS, M.D., President (pro tem.) State Board of Health of Maryland.

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