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ent sections, and also a basis of comparison of present with future conditions of healthfulness, and of the efficiency of any sani. tary measures which may be undertaken in the State. The necessary forms for use in this registration have been for some time in the hands of the public printer, by whom they will be sent to the clerks of the different counties, whose duty it is to distribute them to the parties concerned. The Secretary of State kindly authorized the public printer to do this at public expense. Several clerks have inquired whether they should register physicians upon their diplomas. I have replied that they should be registered only upon certificates of the State Board of Health.
Feeling the importance of educating the people in the value of sanitary matters, I went in November to Pt. Pleasant and read in public a paper on the “Cast of Disease," and again in Parkersburg, I read to a School Institute a paper on “Public Hygein.” I would respectfully suggest that the different members of the Board should embrace every opportunity of making public and of popularizing this great matter of public sanitation. I had during the winter applications from different parties desiring to know when they could be examined ? I fixed the 4th of March as a time when, with Dr. Barber and Dr. Sharp (local officer), an opportunity would be offered those of the Fourth district who might present themselves. The examiners were ready, the candidates did not appear. Dr. Sharp came into town from Volcano expressly for this purpose. I would respectfully ask that the Board allow his expenses for the same.
On the 10th of June I received a letter from Dr. Edward Miller, chairman of the Louisville Medical College, asking when and where we would meet, as his college desired to be represented. I gave him the desired information.
I have had some correspondence with H. F. Asbury, which is herewith submitted.
The correspondence of my office has been large, as is evidenced by the amount of postage charged, all of which has not been spent in letter writing, but partly in distributing the reports of the Board and many sanitary papers throughout the State.
There were registered from July first, 1886, to July first, 1887, thirty-one graduates, four ten year men, total, thirty-five.
The expenses of the Board for the year 1886 was $898.00; for 1885, it was $1,030.06 as shown by the Auditor's report.
The twenty-third section of the amended acts makes is the duty of the Board to fix the salary of the registrar of vital statistics.
T. A. HARRIS, Secretary.
Dr. Garrison presented his credentials and was invited to participate in the proceedings of the Board.
A letter was received from Mr. S. D. Littlepage in relation to the receiving of Prof. T. K. Wiley, of the Baltimore University School of Medicine. Prof. Wiley was received, and spoke in the interest of his school in refutation of certain charges which had been made against the school, and in representing the school as deserving recognition at the hands of the State Board of Health of West Virginia. Dr. Richardson presented letters containing charges against the Baltimore University School of Medicine. The Board decided that the charges against the College were not sustained, and that graduates of the school should be registered by the Board.
Mr. Littlepage appeared before the Board in behalf of H. F. Asbury asking that he be re-examined by the Board. The Board fixed the time for exa nination of 2. F. Asbury.
Dr, McDonald moved that H. F. Asbury be not required to pay a fee of ten dollars for re-examination, he having paid the fee for examination within the last year. Carried.
Dr. Baker moved that the salary of registrar of vital statistics be fixed at three hundred dollars ($300.00) per annum.
Dr. Garrison presented the following resolution :
WHEREAS, The system of drainage in use in that portion of the city of Wheeling, North of Eigth street, is such that all sewage and surface washings are deposited in the Ohio river at various points 1,300 to 4,000 feet above the intake of the water works which supply the city; and
WHEREAS, The proper disposal of the sewage of that portion of the city of Wheeling is of direct interest to the people of that city in its bearing upon the purity of their water supply; and
WHEREAS, The State Board of Health is charged by law with the conservation of the life and health of the citizens of the State, and especially to examine into and advise as to the water supply, drainage and sewage of towns and cities; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the exclusion of the ordinary flow of Janathans ravine, and all the sewers north of Eigth street from the Ohio river north of the water works are essential to the purity of the Wheeling water supply ;
Resolved, That this Board deems it of the utmost importance in the interest of the public health that a committee be appointed for the study of the question involved, and the formulation of a comprehensive place for their satisfactory solution, to be reported to this Board at its next meeting;
Resolved, That the Mayor of the city of Wheeling be requested to appoint a committee from the City Council to act in conjunction with the committee of the State Board of Health.
Dr. McDonald offered the following resolution :
WHEREAS, A report that is believed to be authentic has reached the State Board of Health of West Virginia, that the water sup
ply and general sanitary condition of the city of Wheeling is in a most reprehensible and alarming condition, and
WHEREAS, The per centage of sickness and mortality from typhoid fever is reported to be unequaled in any city of the Ünited States and surpassed by but few cities in the world ; there. fore, be it
Resolved, That the Secretary of this Board be directed to visit the city of Wheeling, as soon as may be convenient and make a thorough investigation of the condition of the water supply and general sanitary condition of the city, and make such recommendations to the city authorities as the exigencies of the case seem to demand, and also that he report his action to this Board.
On motion of Dr. Barbee, the secretary was instructed to visit the Insane Asylum and Peniteutiary and report upon their condition.
H. F. Asbury was examined and passed by the Board, and the secretary ordered to send him a certificate to practice inedicine in this State.
Board adjourned to meet again the second Wednesdey in July, 1888.
EXTRA MEETING OF THE BOARD.
Pursuant to a call by the president, the State Board of Health met at Martinsburg, Berkeley county, March 21st, 1888. Present, Drs. Richardson, Baker, Ewing, Tate, Garrison and Harris. The president stated that he had called the meeting in consequence of a letter received from the Attorney General in relation to the appointment of county boards of health,
Dr, Tate offered the following resolution, which was passed :
WHEREAS, It has been the custom of this Board to confirm nominations of county courts for local boards of health through its secretary, when there was no known objection to the parties nominated, by sending the various appointees certificates of appointment by its secretary, believing such action to be in conformity with the spirit of the law, but now having the opinion of the Attorney General that such action of appointment should be made by the Board assembled,
Resolved, That we proceed to act upon all nominations now in the hands of the secretaries. Passed.
Nominations from the follwing counties were confirmed: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming.
Dr. Baker moved that all appointments be for two years from date,
There being no further business the Board adjourned.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE STATE BOARD .
State Board of Health met in the Senate Chamber, Charleston, West Virginia, July 17, 1888. Present: Drs. Ewing, McDonald, Late, Hoyt, Barbee, Garrison and Baker.
Minutes of the last meeting were read and, with some slight changes, approved.
Minutes of the meeting held at Martinsburg. March 21st, 1888, read and approved.
GENTLEMEN : Once more it is my duty to report to you the transactions of my office for the past year. The year has not been an unhealthy one in our State, though various diseases have prevailed in different parts of the State, but the mortality from
es is reported as being very slight. Reports received from most of the county boards within the last few weeks, shows the sanitary condition of most of the counties to be good. The jails in quite a number of counties are reported to be in a bad condition, county houses in fair condition, school houses fairly good, but not satisfactory as to mode of ventilation.
Special reports have been secured within the year, from Clay county, on the prevalence of malignant dysentery. Disease among cattle was reported from Mineral, Monongalia, and Marion counties; hog cholera from Ohio and Brooke.
In the reports from county boards the extensive prevalence of the preventable contagious diseases has been a marked feature. Correspondence with health boards and physicians throughout the State shows a marked increase in interest in sanitary matters.
Within the year there have been registered eighty-four graduates, eighteen ten years men, and four by examination. Total,