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HEALTH OFFICERS' ROUNDTABLE
Better Reporting Sought
Dr. R. W. Colville is Mt. VerA new departure which should
non's new health officer. He fills bring about better reporting of
the vacancy created by the resignacommunicable diseases in Spring
tion of Dr. H. W. Blair, who has field is the publication of a table,
received an army commission. in Health Director Starr's annual Dr. Charles A. La Mont has sucreport for 1917, showing the num- ceeded Dr. F. M. Sayre as health ber of cases of each notifiable dis- officer in Canton. The former inease reported by each physician
cumbent is in the medical corps of during the year.
Several physicians have no re- Dr. Henry Krone has been apports whatever to their credit, and pointed to the position of health many others are credited with only officer in Hamilton, vacated when one, two or three. An "advertis- Dr. H. L. Smedley entered the
. ing physician" reports more cases army. of venereal disease than all other physicians combined. Forty-nine
City Has Two Health Boards physicians sent in no reports of whooping cough; all physicians to
Following the removal from gether reported only fifty-five cases office of the members of the Hamof this disease, while health depart- ilton board of health, upon charges ment workers reported thirty and
of neglect of duty, preferred by the neighbors reported seventy-seven.' mayor, an entirely new board was Thirteen cases of lobar pneumonia appointed. The new board rewere reported by six doctors, the tained the employees of the old remaining sixty-six reporting no
board. The former board refused cases of this disease.
to recognize the removal as legal The Springfield authorities in a
and continued to hold its regular recent prosecution had a fine of sessions, Health Officer Krone renfifty dollars assessed against a dering his regular reports to both physician who failed to report a
boards. case of inflammation of the eyes of the newborn. The doctor's plea Pasteurization Kills Germs was ignorance of the law.
An incident mentioned in the
1917 report of the Winnipeg health Cities Have New Health Officers
department is worthy of note as Dr. H. L. Rockwood has been demonstrating the value of pasappointed commissioner of health teurization of milk. Several emin Cleveland, succeeding Dr. R. H. ployees of a creamery contracted Bishop, Jr., now engaged in Red typhoid fever by drinking raw Cross anti-tuberculosis work in cream from the supply used for Italy.
butter-making. Not one case oc
curred among users of the con- war showed the importance of it cern's butter. The explanation: and the menace to efficiency conthe cream was pasteurized before tained in it. Early colonial troops churning
were hard hit by it and were put out of action literally by the thou
sands. The army doctors found, Akron Charter on Health
too, that even in cases where the The Akron health department disease had been arrested the man will be a major division of the city was much less able to recover from administration, independent
of wounds than he would ordinarily other branches, if voters of the city
have been, that he had less rein November adopt the charter cuperative power. drawn up by the charter commis- It became an important factor in sion. After extended study the maintaining the efficiency of the commission drew up health depart- army.
So when the American ment provisions, providing for a army was organized the subject health commission of five mem- was tackled without gloves. The bers, two of whom are to be physi- banishing of booze, the twin cians, appointed by the chief ad- brother of sex disease, was a first ministrator. A director of health step. Methods of control were is to be named by the health com- gradually enlarged. The regions mission.
around training camps Provision for a sound financial
cleaned up, clinics were established basis of health work is made in a
in camp, segregation of cases orclause whereby council must make
dered and medical treatment given. an annual appropriation of not less The army has demonstrated that than fifty cents per capita, the a large measure of control can be number of inhabitants to be esti- secured. Figures have been pullmated at five times the number of lished showing that of all cases of children of school age, as enumer
disease in camp, only 17 per cent ated in the school census.
were acquired after the men enHealth department duties enuni
tered the army. The other 83 erated in the proposed charter are:
brought the disease to camp with
them and were promptly segreprotection of the city from disease and insanitary conditions, enforce gated and treated. Furthermore, ment of medical inspection and
it is stated, that no man so afflicted compulsory corrective
will be sent overseas, being held
measures among school children and other
for duty in this country. health activities.
The methods of the medical corps of the army, under direction
of Surgeon General Gorgas, have Social Disease
largely proved themselves effective.
And if this is the case, it is a logi(Akron Beacon-Journal.)
cal step to apply the same methods We are gradually getting up our as far as possible to the civilian courage to face somewhat frankly population. We cannot expect, of the venereal disease problem, even course, the same degree of disciamong
civilian population. pline among the people at home as The army had to meet it and to try can be instituted among men in to solve it. The early years of the camp. But a big city may be kept
reasonably clean if city officials are eases, and their direful effect on willing to insist that this can be the individual. It is none too soon done. And the establishment of to start on more aggressive and clinics where afflicted men can be constructive measures toward treated is another big step ahead. stamping it out, or at least reduc
A great deal has been published ing it to less dangerous proporabout the prevalence of social dis- tions.
PUBLIC HEALTH NOTES FROM OVER THE STATE
Ohio's two newest district tuber- health, the board of education, the culosis hospitals will be enlarged Public Health League and the if movements which have been physicians of the town. started in the districts meet with success. The Dayton Tuberculosis Society has asked the joint board
W. I. Van Arnum, recently enof commisioners in the Dayton dis
gaged in water purification work trict to appropriate funds for add
in Bridgeport, Conn., and for
. ing cottages to the new Stillwater
seven years prior to that in charge Sanatorium, which now has ac- of the Cohoes (N. Y.) purification commodations for forty-six pa- plant, has been appointed superintients. Plans to enlarge the new tendent of the Youngstown filtraChilicothe hospital so as to provide tion plant. more room for incipient cases are being considered.
Resolutions endorsing proposals Changes in administrative per
that Fairfield County enter a tubersonnel have resulted at Stillwater
culosis hospital district and petiSanatorium from the resignations
tioning the county commissioners of Mrs. M. E. Ahlborn, mainte
to co-operate immediately with nance superintendent, and Dr. J.D.
such other counties as might be Kramer, medical superintendent.
selected in the organization of such Miss Martha E. Dull, accountant
a district were recently passed by for the institution, and Dr. E. B.
the Lancaster Chamber of ComMarkey, former medical superin
merce. The Lancaster newspapers tendent, were put in temporary
are giving strong support to the charge by the trustees.
project. * * School vaccination requirements Dr. Stephen A. Douglass, superwere put into effect in Athens and intendent of the State Tuberculosis Portsmouth before the opening of Sanatoriuin, in his annual report the fall term. In Greenfield meth- for 1917 to the Board of Adminisods of checking the spread of com- tration, recommended either the municable diseases in the public establishmeni of a state sanatorium schools were discussed at a recent for tuberculuus children or the eujoint meeting of the board of largement of the present Mt. Ver
non institution to provide accom
bureau of fly prevention, proposes modations for clildren.
to improve health conditions in the Dr. Douglas has been granted a Sixth City. leave of absence in order to enable The council, as proposed by Dr. him to take up work with the Red Dawson, would include a chief Cross tuberculosis commisison in municipal housekeeper and an asItaly.
sistant for each of the
of the city's
twenty-six wards. The duties of To educate the people of Chilli
the council would include prevencothe in methods of typhoid pre
tion of insanitary disposal of garvention, the health authorities in bage, elimination of weeds, reportthat city in the latter part of
ing of sick and neglected children, August distributed handbills read- encouragement of mothers to pating as follows:
ronize baby dispensaries and man
agement of fly-prevention work. IMPORTANT NOTICE
The body would hold weekly meetTyphoid Fever Prevention ings and would be responsible to The danger of contracting typhoid the health department. fever at this season of the year is great and the large number of visitors to Chillicothe makes it doubly necessary to Cleveland's fight against venetake all possible precaution. Typhoid fever is usually caused by
real diseases is being aided by an the entrance of the germ of this disease
appropriation of $8,600, granted by into the alimentary tract in the food or the mayor's war board for the water. The following precautions are establishment of clinics. urged upon all :
1. Do not drink any water, unless known to be pure, without previous boiling. The city water is much safer
In regard to Cincinnati's leaderthan that from private wells or cisterns.
ship in typhoid fever prevention 2. Be sure that all uncooked veget- among the cities of the state, as ables and fruits are thoroughly washed indicated by the mortality rates, with pure water before eating.
the Cincinnati Times-Star makes 3. Make the privy vaults and the home fly proof as flies are a common
the following editorial comment: carrier of typhoid germs, coming di- The statistics of typhoid fever durrectly from privy vault, stable, etc., to
ing 1917, issued by the State Bureau of pour table.
Vital Statistics, give Cincinnati the po4. Thoroughly disinfect all dis
sition of honor among the cities of charges from typhoid patients and dis
Ohio. The relative number of deaths infect the hands after caring for the patient.
from typhoid in Cincinnati was ap5. Secure immunity from typhoid
proximately one-half the number in
Cleveland, which stood second, and fever by inoculations. These will be
one-tenth the number of deaths in given you by your family physician or
Youngstown or Akron. The sixteen can be obtained free of charge at Dr. Hanley's office, 84 E. Second street.
deaths in Cincinnati represented but 3.9
persons for every hundred thousand. D. .E. ROBINSON, Surgeon, The reassuring figures prove that from U. S. Public Health Service, Health
a city with about the worst water in the Officer.
world, Cincinnati has become a city with about the best water in the world.
Instead of a muddy fluid that was alA "council of municipal house
most a thing of loaves and fishes, we' keepers" is the instrument by
now have limpid, sparkling aqua pura. which Dr. Jean Dawson, chief of
It is a great municipal advancement. the Cleveland health department's
Opposed, kicked about as a political football. pondered in the courts,
water works emerged triumphant every member enrolled during the as a "public utility,” in the best sense
campaign. of the term. Perhaps some day we shall have a rapid transit system, when the disgruntled shall have ceased kicking Nursing staffs in Akron's four and the judges shall have ceased ponder- infant welfare clinics were reduced ing.
to one nurse each in September,
with the necessary withdrawal of Continuance of Red Cross Sani- school nurses to take up medical tary Unit No. 10, at Chillicothe, inspection work.
Child welfare until December 31, has been as- work will be under a handicap sured by an appropriation of $10,- until it is possible to increase the 600 from the Red Cross war fund. nursing staff of the health departThe district comprises the whole inent,
Miss Olive E. Beason, of Ross County, including Camp director of the department's diviSherman and the city of Chilli- sion of public health nursing, cothe, which has been confronted pointed out in her monthly report by a sanitary problem greater than for August it could meet alone, as the result of the sudden growth in popula- Two Cincinnati children contion caused by the establishment of
tracted typhoid fever by drinking the camp nearby.
water from a polluted spring, one case being fatal. The spring was
drained to prevent further use. The first case of pellagra re- The Cincinnati Sanitary Bulletin, ported in Ohio in 1918 occurred in published by the city health departNewark in August and was inves- ment, makes this comment on the tigated by the epidemiologist of cases: the State Department of Health.
Here is another instance of sickness The patient, a woman of 36 years, and death which should never have been gave a history of having eaten recorded. With city water on the much dried sweet corn in recent
premises we get the history that mother years, being unable to obtain
and child patronized the spring, which
is about 500 feet in the rear of the proper food because of the failure
house. of her husband to support her. Again we must caution people not to
drink from irregular water supplies. * *
Cincinnati is noted for the purity of its
water. Why take a chance on any No Red Cross Christmas seals spring, cistern, or well if you can get will be sold this year or in ́later
pure filtered water years during the war, according to an agreement between the Ameri- Many of the physical defects can Red Cross and the National which caused the rejection of oneTuberculosis Association The third of the men coming up for tuberculosis work heretofore sup- examination in the first draft are ported by the seal sale will be believed to date from some slight financed by an appropriation from trouble neglected in early childthe Red Cross war fund. Tuber- hood. A higher standard of physiculosis organizations will aid the cal fitness in the rising generation Red Cross membership campaign can be assured only by greater atand Christmas seals, with tubercu- tention to the physical condition of losis literature, will be given to children.