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TRANSACTIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL
From July 1st, 1917 to June 30th, 1918
The first meeting of the Public Health Council for the new fiscal year beginning July 1st, 1917, convened in the Junior High School building, Charleston, W. Va. at & A. M., July 10th for the purpose of examining applicants for licensure to practice medicine. The members of the Council were as follows:
1st District-Dr. J. L. Pyle, Chester, W. Va.
Thirty-eight candidates appeared for examination. All the members of the Council were present and assisted in the examination, the practical examination being conducted at the McMillan Hospital.
At 8 P. M. July 11th the Council assembled in executive session at the office of the Department in the Masonic Building, all the members being present. On motion of Dr. Jepson, Dr. Churchman was chosen as President pro tem. Nominations for president being called for, Dr. Farnsworth was placed in nomination by Dr. Pyle.
No other nominations being made, on motion of Dr. Clark, Dr. Farnsworth was elected to the presidency by acclamation.
A letter was read from former President Golden who had represented the Council at the meeting of the Federation of Medical Examining Boards who stated that a committee composed of himself and Secretary Bierring of the Federation had visited President Pritchett of the Carnegie Foundation and had secured from him promise that that body would make an investigation of all irregular medical schools and the character of practice done by their graduates.
Dr. Farnsworth reported that some dissatisfaction had been caused at the University by the appointment of a new Director of the Laboratory. The question of removing the laboratory to Charleston was discussed, but no definite action was taken. Dr. Arthur Lederer, the new laboratory director, appeared and set forth his aims and purposes. On motion of Dr. Pyle the following resolution was adopted.
RESOLVED:—That three standing committees be appointed by the President, namely, 1. A visiting and inspecting committee for the tuberculosis sanitarium at Terra Alta. 2. Å managing committee for the State Hygienic Laboratory at Morgantown. 3. A committee on reciprocity. These committees shall consist of the President and one or more members of the Council, and they shall act
for the term of two years, unless sooner discharged or changed by the Council.
The resignation of Dr. C. R. Weirich as Director of the Department of Preventable Diseases was was received and accepted, the doctor having been commissioned in the Medical Officers Reserve Corps of the Army.
On motion of Dr. Churchman the following resolution was adopted:
RESOLVED:—That hereafter twelve questions be presented to applicants on each subject, any ten of which may be answered.
The following assignment of subjects for the coming year was made:
Dr. Pyle-Anatomy and Embryology, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
VIr. Vayo Tolman was reappointed to the position of Director of the Department of Sanitary Engineering, and Dr. Harold B. Wood was appointed as Director of the Department of Preventable Diseases for the term of two years.
The executive session adjourned to meet July 24th.
CHARLESTON, W. Va., July 21, 1917. The Council met in executive session at 9 A. M. All the members present except Dr. Clark, from whom an excuse was received. President Farnsworth announced the appointment of the following committees:
Committee on Reciprocity--The President and Secretary.
The questions for the next examination were then chosen. The grades of the papers on the recent examination were examined and it appeared that the following applicants were successful:
and the following osteopaths: Anna Olive Ailes, Mabel McDonald and Donna G. Russell. On motion of Dr. Henshaw it was resolved:
That when any health officers fails to investigate any infectious disease or insanitary condition reported to him, or fails to report promptly the results of his investigation to the State Health Department, immediate steps shall be taken by the State Health Department to secure the removal of such I lealth Officer from his office.
CLARKSBURG, W. Va., November 22, 1917. The Public Health Council met on the 21st of November for the examination of applicants for licensure, all the members being present except Dr. Clark. Sixteen regular physicians appeared for the examination, one osteopath and one chiropodist.
On November 22nd the Council met in.executive session.
Dr. Pyle, from the committee on laboratory, presented the following report which was read and ordered recorded in the minutes: Report of Laboratory Committee
November 15, 1917. To THE PUBLIC HEALTH COUNCIL: We, the undersigned committee appointed as the Standing Laboratory Committee beg leave to report as follows:
We visited the State Hygienic Laboratory at Morgantown on August 31st and September 1st, 1917. We spent some time in inspecting and investigating its workings, and found the laboratory in very good shape. Dr. Lederer is taking hold like an old hand, and shows every evidence of being the valuable man we anticipated.
Our chemist, Mr. Cook, is doing all in his power to do the work satisfactorily, and is working early and late to complete all work on time.
Our investigations prove: 1 That the laboratory is doing more work than at any previous time in its history. 2. That the work is as good and reliable as it is possible to do with the present
room, equipment and force. 3. That it is at present impossible for the laboratory to undertake work of a
medico-legal type, or try to do work distinctly of a toxocological nature, as our equipment and force of help are inadequate. That the present requirement of the Public Service Commission of having all water companies, etc., send samples for examination each month is too rigid, and that in our opinion, if a water sample is examined for several consecutive months, and found to be safe, it should be pronounced safe and only periodic
examinations required thereafter unless some suspicious circumstances occur. 5 That the location at Morgantown is not a favorable one for the receiving of
samples of water, etc., as it takes too long for express to reach it, and many samples become worthless as a test before reaching the laboratory. The committee recommends that some steps be taken to remove the laboratory to Clarksburg or some other favorable location. This we recommend because of the above named reasons and because of the apparent dissatisfaction at the University.
To make the work effective, and to insure prompt reports on all analyses, we authorized Dr. Lederer to have necessary water and gas as well as electricity connections made, and to purchase some tables needed in the pathological laboratory. We also allowed him two student helpers for a part of each day, these to be used in the cleaning and rough work necessary to facilitate reports. Our committee feels that we should not spend money for equipment which can not be moved; but believe that the necessary help and material to do the work properly should be furnished. We make the following as an estimate of the yearly outlay: Dr. Lederer, salary...-
$2,700 Mr. Cook, salary.
1,500 Two half-time helpers.
900 One half-time stenographer.....
360 Current expenses..
J. L. PYLE
Dr. Henshaw made a report of his visit of inspection to the tuberculosis sanitarium. No action was suggested. Nominations of Dr. H. Yokum as Health Officer of Randolph county, and Dr. J. A. Campbell of Raleigh county were read, and the secretary was directed to issue certificates of appointment. Adjourned.
CLARKSBURG, W. Va., December 5, 1917. The Council convened at 10 a. M. in the assembly hall of Hotel Waldo to hold a conference of health officers. All the members were present except Dr. Clark. Thirty health officials and visitors were present. The following program was carried out: "Organization and Ethics”....
.DR. F. F. FARNSWORTH "Poliomyelitis”..
.DR. G. G. HULL "Typhoid Fever Prophylaxis", DR. W. H. RILEY, District Health Officer, Cum
berland, Maryland. "The Control of Acute Infections”.
.DR. Harold B. WOOD "The Hygienic Laboratory's Function in Promoting the Pure Food Movement in West Virginia”..
.DR. ARTHUR LEDERER "Opportunities for Part-time Health Officers”.
DR. W. T. HENSHAW "What Service Can the Local Health Officer Render to Public Health and Modern Medicine”......
DR. W. M. BABB "The Difficulties of a County Health Officer”.
.DR. M. M. REPPARD These papers were very freely discussed. The conference adjourned. At 7 P. M. the Council met in executive session. The grades of those who were examined Nov. 21st-23rd were presented, and certificates were awarded to the following who made the necessary grade: David M. Aidman
E. R. Logan
R. O. O'Dell
Wm. C. Pontius
E. B. Staley
James W. Thompson
Oliver F. Walker
Wm. S. Williams
The above are all regular physicians, and I B. Crow, osteopath.
The following resolution offered by Dr. Churchman was adopted: RESOLVED: That the Commissioner of Health notify the different county courts and the Health Officer of each county and municipality that owing to the law providing for a school of instruction requiring the attendance of every county and municipal health officer at least once a year at these meetings, a record shall be kept and should any county or municipal health officer absent himself from two meetings in succession, he shall be removed from office and a successor be nominated by the county court or municipality.
Dr. Churchman also offered the following which was unanimously adopted: WHEREAS: There has been considerable dissatisfaction with the location of the State Hygienic Laboratory at Morgantown on account of its inaccessibility, and its long distance from the offices of the State Department of Health, therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the laboratory committee and the Commissioner of Health are hereby authorized to secure suitable rooms in Charleston, and that the laboratory be removed to that city as soon as convenient.
On motion of Dr. Jepson it was resolved that hereafter osteopathic applicants for licensure shall not be examined in surgery.
The President announced the resignation of Mr. A. A. Cook, laboratory chemist and he and Dr. Henshaw were appointed to visit Morgantown with authority to take such action in filling the vacancy as may be necessary.
Dr. Henshaw suggested that a sanitary survey of one of our counties be made, and he and Dr. Jepson were given power to act in the matter, the president being ex-officio a member of the committee.
April 24, 1918. The Council met at Hotel Frederick, Huntington, as a school of instruction for health officers. All of the members of the Council, and fifty-seven health officers and visitors were present.
The following program was carried out:
1. “Mental Impairment and the Commonwealth",
Dr. L. V. Guthrie, Supt., Huntington State Hospital.
Discussion: Churchman, Yokum, Farnsworth, Guthrie. 2. "What I Have Found in the Examination of 800 Conscripts",
Dr. O. B. Beer, County Health Officer, Upshur County.
Discussion: Jepson. 3. “The Sanitary Condition of Mine Camps”,
Dr. Tunis Nunemaker, County Health Officer, Mingo County.
Discussion: Thompson, Tisdale, Farnsworth. "Needed Amendments to Our Public Health Law"
E. S. Tisdale, B. S., Assistant Engineer, State Health Department.
Discussion: Jepson, Gaynor.
Dr. L. N. Yost, County Health Officer, Marion County 6. “Sanitation and Labor Power”,
Hon. S. B. Montgomery, State Commissioner of Labor,
Dr. H. A. Brandebury, ex-Member State Board of Health.
Discussion: Cole. 8. “The Health and Welfare of the Railroad Employee”,
Dr. E. M. Parlett, Chief Safety and Welfare Bureau, B. & 0. R. R.
(Dr. Parlett absent. His paper read by Dr. Cole.) 9. “Venereal Prophylaxis”,
Dr. Snell, U. S. Army.
Discussion: Jepson, Campbell, Snell. 10. “The Sanitation of Rural Schools”,
Hon. M. P. Shawkey, State Superintendent of Schools,
Discussion: Jepson, Tisdale, Farnsworth. 11. “The Sanitary Control of the Common Infections”.
Dr. S. L. Jepson, State Commissioner of Health.
On motion of Dr. Holroyd, the president was authorized to appoint a committee of three to serve in cooperation with a like committee of the State Medical Association in efforts to secure medical legislation. The committee was Drs. F. F. Farnsworth, V. T. Churchman and E. H. Thompson.