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OCTOBER 1, 1887, TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1888.
DR. GEORGE I. GARRISON.
To one day investigating hog cholera...
4 00 4 50 5 25 8 80 4 50 4 00 9 00 8 00 7 12 Mch 26, To securing evidence against Dr. Sibly....
To expenses and postage to date.......
To three days attendance.
4 00 10 44 15 00
3 00 12 00
5 60 16 00 4 00 3 50
62 2 00 1 81 22 85 16 00
DR. C. T. RICHARDSON.
3 90 4 00 4 00 5 50
DR. G. M'DONALD.
Four days attendance....
18 60 16 00
DR, A. R. BARBEE.
21, Expenses to Charleston.............
Two days attendance.
7 40 4 00 6 85
$22 25 $1,473 28
TRANSACTIONS OF THE BOARD IN SESSION.
The State Board of Health met at its regular annual meeting in Charleston, W. Va., July 11th, 1887. There were present Drs. Richardson (president), Baker, McDonald, Barbee, Garrison and Harris (secretary).
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The secretary then read his report.
GENTLEMEN: It is again my agreeable duty to report to the Board no special outbreak of virulent or epidemic disease in the State since our last meeting, one year ago.
I would respectfully call your attention to the fact that the State has not been as free from epidemic and contagious diseases as it should be. Measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and typhoid fever have prevailed to a certain extent in the State, and this prevalence has not been confined to a small district, but has been more or less general over the State to a much greater extent than should have been the case, and than would have been the case had the value of isolation along with the proper use of disinfectants and other sanitary precautions been properly appreciated and enforced. I am satisfied that no legislation on the subject of health and sanitation will be effective until the people are educated up to a proper appreciation of such measures.
After my return from our last meeting, I wrote the letters directed by the Board to Drs. Bartholow, Iriland and Kinsman, deans of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Louisville Medical College of Kentucky, and Columbus Medical College of Ohio, respectively, which led to some correspondence which will be found published on pages 23, 24, 25 and 26 in my biennial re
port. Several newspapers published incorrect statements and unfavorable criticisms of the action of the Board in reference to the medical schools abɔve referred to; to this I felt it my duty to reply. I did so, giving a plain statement of the facts, I notified John McCauly that the Board did not complete his examination.
Upon the question of registering the graduates of Columbus Medical College, after the receipt of Dr. Kinsman's letter of July 24, 1886, I submitted the letter of Dr. Kinsman to each member of the Board, with the request that they would indicate their vote on the same, with the following result: In favor of registration, Richardson, Baker, Late, Carr, Wilson, McDonald and Harris, opposed to registration Barbee.
In September I tried to enforce the law against some Indian doctors, as itinerants. They escaped the penalty by claiming to be "vendors of patent medicines,” and not itinerant physicians. I found it difficult to get the Prosecuting Attorney to prosecute these cases.
In October I was notified by Dr. L. D. Wilson, that he had resigned his position on the State Board of Health and that his resignation had been accepted by the Governor. Whereupon I wrote the Governor asking him to appoint a successor to Dr. Wilson, latter I learned through the public press that Dr. G. W. Bruce of Moundsville, Marshall county, had been so appointed by the Governor, and still later that Dr. Bruce having declined to qualify the Governor had appointed Dr. G. I. Garrison of Wheeling, to the place.
It has been manifest that our health law needed amendment in several particulars to bring it up to the efficiency of the health laws of several other States. At the last meeting of the legislature I succeeded in getting several amendments passed. 1st. Amending section fifth, making the quarantine provision applicable to diseased stock. 2nd. In changing section sixth so as to remodel the county boards of health, making them less medical in their composition, and adding the president of the county court and the prosecuting attorney of the county to the board, and in providing for payment for their services. 3d. In section ten securing to the State Board the power to refuse and to revoke certificates of physicians for dishonorable or unprofessional conduct. 4th, In section ten to include itinerant venders of patent medicines, &c., under the same provisions as itinerant physicians; and in adding section twenty-one to provide for the free vaccination of the poor. Section 22 requiring prosecuting attorneys to enforce the law, and making them, with the presidents of county courts, members of the local boards.
Sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29, establishing a system of vital and mortuary statistics throughout the State, under the control of the State Board of Health, and prescribing the mode and manner of carrying it into effect. The expectation is that by such a system of vital statistics some accurate knowledge will be obtained as to the actual heathfulness of the State and of its differ