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FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT
STATE BOARD OF HEALTH,
Fiscal Year Ending October 31, 1886.
TO THE GOVERNOR.
THE STATE OF INDIANA,
December 21, 1886.
Received and examined by the Governor.
DECEMBER 22, 1886. Referred to the Auditor of State for verification of the financial statement.
AUDITOR STATE'S OFFICE,
December F2, 1886. } The financial exhibit in this report corr
orresponds with the records of this office.
JAS. H. RICE,
Auditor of State.
DECEMBER 23, 1886. Returned by the Auditor of State with his certificate, and transmitted to the Secretary of State for publication, upon the order of the Board of Commissioners of Public Printing and Binding.
Filed in the office of the Secretary of State this 23d day of December, 1886.
W. R. MYERS,
Secretary of State.
BOARD OF HEALTH REPORT.
To Hon. ISAAC P. GRAY,
Governor of the State of Indiana : Herewith is presented the fifth annual report of the State Board of Health, for the fiscal year ending October 31, 1886, together with the vital statistics for the year ending September 30, 1886:
During the period that this Board has been in existence, it has accomplished some of the objects for which it was created, viz: “ It has made sanitary investigations and inquiries respecting the causes of mortality, and the effects of localities, employments, conditions, ingesta, habits and circumstances on the health of the people.” With these objects steadily in view, it has, in all cases, so soon as they were reported, instituted measures and issued instructions to stamp out contagious and infectious diseases, and, if possible, to ascertain the causes thereof. The facts are at hand to warrant the belief that these efforts were in a high degree successful. Much more might be done if people could be aroused to a sense of danger, and in times of the absence of these diseases guard against their approach by adhering strictly to well known hygienic rules. The prompt application to the Board, however, in times of danger gives evidence of the increasing faith of our citizens in competent health authorities.
We are pleased to say that the medical profession generally has seconded the efforts put forth to restrict disease, although a few have not hesitated to say that “their business is to cure disease, not to prevent it.”
Various inspections of public buildings have been made by members of the Board, reports of which will be found in this volume.