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MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.
William N. WISHARD, M. D)., President ............. Indianapolis.
REPORT AND PROCEEDINGS
STATE BOARD OF HEALTH
FOR YEAR ENDING OCTOBER 31, 1903.
TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL REPORT.
Hon. WINFIELD T. DURBIN, Governor of Indiana:
The State Board of Health herewith respectfully presents its Twenty-second Annual Report, which is for the year ending October 31, 1903:
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD.
The four regular quarterly meetings of the Board were held in their respective quarterly periods, and in addition special meetings were held as follows: June 12th, June 25th, September 1st, of 1903. An account of the acts and work of the Board for the year are set forth in the minutes of the above four regular and three special meetings, which minutes are presented herewith. The fiscal report is appended, as is also a report of the transactions of the Annual Meeting of Health Officers of the State.
The vital statistics, which are collected and reported for the calendar year, can not be given until the year expires, December 31, 1903. It will then take sixty, or more likely ninety, days in order to tabulate and analyze them. The mortality statistics are
carefully collected and are now known to be very accurate. Every death is reported, and is recorded in the locality in which it occurs, and each original death certificate is preserved in the archives of the State Board, where at any time citizens may procure, without fee, transcripts when needed to secure insurance and pensions and to settle estates. The State Board also, as the law commands, "studies the vital statistics, and endeavors to make intelligent and profitable use of the collected records of deaths and sickness among the people.”
The epidemic of smallpox which began in 1899 still continues. In January and February of this year in Indianapolis the mortality was 16.7 per cent., and at Mishawaka, Knightstown and Frankfort it was 22 per cent. For the whole state the mortality can not be given until the end of the year, but for the ten months ended October 31st the following table shows the status:
Diphtheria and scarlet fever, also typhoid fever, show a decrease to date as compared with the same months last year, while consumption and pneumonia show a slight increase.
In accordance with the law which makes it the duty of the State Board to make such recommendations as may seem proper, we respectfully suggest as follows: