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The following letter and resolutions explain themselves. After full consideration the board authorized the Secretary to notify President J. M. Lindsley, of the International Quarantine Bureau, that the resolutions as given below were indorsed by the Indiana State Board of Health:
Nashville, Tenn., March 13, 1903. Secretary Indiana State Board of Health, Indianapolis, Ind.:
Secretary-We are anxious to get uniformity of action at the different gulf ports of the United States for the year 1903, so we are getting the enclosed resolutions signed by the different Mississippi Valley Boards of Health, and would be glad to have your board to indorse the same. You can readily see the advantage to our States. Thanking you in advance, I remain, yours respectfully,
J. M. LINDSLEY, President.
Whereas, The United States Government, through Surgeon-General Walter Wyman, in correspondence with United States Senator 'Carmack, at the instance of the International Quarantine Bureau, J. M. Lindsley, M. D., President, under date of February 17, 1903, has declared that Cuba is not now considered infected with yellow fever, nor was that island thus infected in 1902; and
Whereas, The quarantine regulations and requirements enforced during the season of 1902 at southern ports of entry, in the United States, were practically an embargo, in effect, against freedom of commerce and travel from Cuba to United States ports; and
Whereas, The convention held January 26, 1903, at Galveston, Texas, by the representatives of the Boards of Health of the States of Texas and Louisiana, and Mobile, Ala., adopted a set of quarantine regulations to be enforced during the season of 1903, which regulations require the disinfection of vessels, passengers and baggage at the Cuban ports of departure, and also that the vessels and passengers shall be disinfected at the Quarantine Station on arrival at the U. S. port of entry; and
Whereas, The regulations referred to in the immediately preceding preamble are to be enforced whether infection from yellow fever exists or not, and even though no yellow fever exists on the entire Island of Cuba, much less at the immediate port of departure; and
Whereas, The United States quarantine regulations require a bill of health from all vessels sailing from any foreign port, whether infected or not infected, for United States ports. This bill of health is signed by the United States consular officer, setting forth the health conditions at the port of departure and the sanitary conditions of the vessel, cargo and crew. This bill of health is all that is required from vessels coming from uninfected ports, provided they arrive in good sanitary condition; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Indiana State Board of Health, That we do hereby petition the various Gulf State Boards of Health to adopt the regulations for the season of 1903, as laid down by the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service of the United States, thus giving open quarantine with Cuba, until such time as Cuba may become infected with yellow fever.
Indorsement given by the Indiana State Board of Health, April 3, 1903.
The following resolution was offered by Dr. Cook and unanimously carried :
Whereas, An official report has been made public by the City Board of Health of Indianapolis showing that the city's water supply is contaminated by colon bacilli and that many cases of typhoid fever have resulted, and consequently domestic use of the city water involves danger to health and life; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Indiana State Board of Health commends the investigation being made by the Indianapolis City Board of Health and urges said board to vigorously pursue such investigation to the end that the source of contamination may be quickly and fully determined and the public health protected; also,
Resolved, That the Indiana State Board of Health will, if desired by the Indianapolis City Board of Health, give its support and assistance to said board, and that in the pursuit of such investigations the Indiana State Board of Health will not recognize any contract made by a city with a company furnishing a water supply, if such contract conflicts with the well-established power of health authorities to enforce sanitary conditions and protect the public health.
April, May and June, 1903.
OFFICE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, June 12, 1903. Present: Drs. Wishard, Cook, Davis, Eisenbeiss and Hurty.
The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Wishard. He announced that organization was first in order.
Dr. Cook nominated Dr. Wishard for President, to serve two years from February 28, 1903. Dr. Wishard was unanimously elected.
After full discussion the following order was unanimously passed:
Ordered, That a Health Officers' School shall be held in Indianapolis, June 25th and 26th, in Lecture Room No. 1 of the Medical College of Indiana, and all county and city health officers and the health officers of those towns which are county seats are hereby summoned to attend. The roll will be called at 9 a. m. Thursday, June 25th, at the place above designated, and all officers summoned will be expected to answer to their names and to attend all lectures. Only sickness of the officer himself or sickness of his immediate family will be considered a valid excuse for absence, and all absentees will be required to give written reasons for not being present.
The Secretary presented a tentative program, which was changed in some particulars, and finally was completed, as follows:
PROGRAM INDIANA HEALTH OFFICERS SCHOOL, INDIANA
POLIS, JUNE 25 AND 26, 1903.
Held under the direction of the State Board of Health.
The sessions of the school will be held in Lecture Room No. 1 of the Medical College of Indiana, Indianapolis.
In accordance with Section 6 of an act approved March 4, 1903, it is the duty of the Secretaries of all Boards of Health to attend a meeting called by the State Board for the consideration of sanitary questions, and their expenses shall be paid by their respective boards.
The object of the school is to improve the sanitary service of the State, and it is also the desire of the State Board to make the school profitable and interesting to health officers. The State Board will require all county and city officers to attend, also the officers of those towns which are county seats. This will make a class of 203. All officers will not be summoned this time because it would make a class of 526, which is too large to be accommodated, and besides it is best not to take all officers away from their posts at the same time.
Every officer summoned will be expected to answer to roll call at 9 a. m. Thursday, June 25, and to stay, unless excused, until the last lesson is over. Only sickness of officer himself, or sickness in his immediate family, will be considered a valid excuse for absence, and all who do not attend will be required to give written reasons for thoir absence.
It is the purpose of the State Board to make this a school in every sense of the word. The lectures will each take forty-five minutes, then will follow ten minutes of quiz and questioning and the remaining five minutes of the hour will be intermission. The schedule shows how the time will be occupied.
First Session, Thursday forenoon, June 25th
9 a. m.-Called to order. Announcement, Dr. W. N. Wishard, President State Board of Health. Roll call.
10 a. m.-"Some Relations of Plant Life to the Public Health,” John S. Wright.
11 a. m.- —“School Sanitation,” Prof. Severance Burrage.
Second Session, Thursday afternoon, June 25th-.
2 p. m.—“Etiology and Diagnosis of Smallpox," Dr. A. W. Brayton, Professor of Dermatology Medical College of Indiana.
3 p. m.-—"Vaccination and the Propagation of Vaccine Lymph,” Dr. C. E. Ferguson, Professor Bacteriology Medical College of Indiana.
4 p. m.-“Industrial Sanitation,” Prof. Severance Burrage.
Third Session, Thursday evening, June 25th
8 p. m.-"Public Water Supply," illustrated with lantern, M. 0. Leighton, Chief of Hydro-Economic Division U. S. Geological Survey. (This lecture will take one hour and a half, and one-half hour will be given to discussion and answering questions.
Fourth Session, Friday forenoon, June 26th
9 a. m.--"The Duties of Health Officer in Relation to Infectious Diseases,” Dr. Hugh A. Cowing, Muncie, Health Officer Delaware County.
10 a. m.-"The Present Status of Serum Therapy and Prophylaxis," Dr. Wm. Chas. White, Professor Bacteriology College of Physicians and Surgeons.
11 a. M.-- --"Management of Outbreaks of Dangerous Infectious Diseases,” Dr. H. D. Geddings, U. S. Assistant Surgeon-General.
Fifth Session, Friday afternoon, June 26th
2 p. m.- —“The Health Statutes," Deputy Attorney-General C Hadley. 3 p. m.-"Instructions of the State Board,” Dr. J. N. Hurty,
Moved by Dr. Davis, that the above program for the Health Officers' School be adopted, subject to such changes as may be necessary
Moved by Dr. Davis, that the Secretary be authorized to offer Prof. Burrage compensation and expenses for his services at the Health Officers' School, also to offer expenses to Dr. Reynolds.
Moved by Dr. Cook, that the Secretary should have new stationery printed as follows: Five thousand sheets of letter-heads, having upon them the names of the officers and members of the Board; two blocks of 100 sheets, ruled, with the names of the Board and officers, and the name of Elkhart for Dr. Eisenbeiss; two blocks of 100 sheets each, ruled, with the names of the Board and officers, and the name of Richmond for Dr. Davis, and he shall also furnish Dr. Cook and Dr. Wishard with such stationery as they desire and furnish to each member one sheet of 100 two-cent postage stamps.
Moved by Dr. Cock, that a special meeting of the Board shall be held June 25th-26th.
SANITARY SURVEYS OF SCHOOLHOUSES.
The Secretary presented sanitary surveys of the schoolhouses at Stinesville, Smedley, Campbellsburg, Bridgeport and West Baden, as follows:
SANITARY SURVEY OF SCHOOLHOUSE AT STINESVILLE.
The building is an old frame, dilapidated, and has three rooms. The Primary room is 20x26x10; has six windows, forty single seats and two double seats; sixty children enrolled. Floors, ceiling and side walls are in bad repair; heating by a stove. The Intermediate room is 20x20x10;