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unmailable under the U. S. postal laws. The action of the Secretary in withholding license was on motion approved - final action in the matter being postponed.

An application for registration from Buchanan county, referred to the Board by the Secretary, was then considered; the offense charged as a bar to registration being unprofessional or dishonorable conduct in circulating printed matter which tended to deceive the public and impose on the weak, the ignorant, and the credulous.

Notice to appear before the Board for a hearing had been duly sent the applicant, but acknowledgment of receipt of same had not been received by the Secretary. On motion the action of the Secretary in withholding license and referring the matter to the Board was approved, but final action in the case was suspended.

After the transaction of other business relating to medical practice, Dr. Merrell offered the following:

Resolved, That the following be added as paragraph VIII to the Schedule of Requirements adopted by this Board as a basis for its recognition of the good standing of a medical college in the administration of the Practice Act:

VIII — Evidence of standing. As evidence of its standing the college shall file with ihe Board for its information a certificate of reputability from and under seal of the national association of the branch of medical practice to which the college professes to belong.

Resolved, That the schedule be published in full.
Seconded by Dr. Homan.
Dr. Merrell also offered the following for adoption:

Schedule of Requirements from candidates for registration under the Practice Act.

1. Lawful possession of a diploma from a medical college in good standing, such lawful possession to be evidenced by affidavit in form provided by this Board.

2. In absence of diploma a successful examination before the Board on all subjects enumerated in Schedule of Requirements for medical colleges, 80 per cent. of correct answers. being required.

3. A certificate of professional good standing and reputability from and under seal of the Missouri state medical society of the branch of medical practice to which candidate belongs, or any similar state or national medical association of the United States, or in lieu of such certificate the unrevoked certificate of any state board of health of the United States that accords the same courtesy to holders of the certificates of this Board, the issuance of which was based upon a diploma or examination.

4. The disproval of any charges or evidence of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct which may be before the Board at time of application.

5. The payment of the fee required by law.

Seconded by Dr. Homan and after discussion the whole natter was referred to the Executive Committee for consideration and report at the next meeting.

The Board was informed by the Secretary of State that an appropriation was available for printing the Report of the Board for 1887 and 1888, and he was respectfully requested to get the work under way and pushed to completion as rapidly as possible.

The Board then adjourned subject to the call of the President.

Rules and Regulations to govern transportation of corpses with copies of forms for use by commou carriers.




RULE 1. The transportation of bodies of persons dead of Small Pox, Asiatic Cholera, Typhus Fever, or Yellow Fever, is absolutely forbidden.

RULE 2. The bodies of those who have died of Diphtheria, anthrax, Scarlet Fever, Puerperal Fever, Typhoid Fever, Erysipelas, Measles, and other contagious, infectious or communicable diseases, must be wrapped in a sheet thoroughly saturated with a strong solution of bi-chloride of mercury, in the proportion of one ounce of bi. chloride of mercury to a gallon of water; and incased in an air-tight zinc, tin, copper or lead-lined coffin, or in an air-tight iron casket, hermetically sealed, and all enclosed in a strong, tight, wooden box; or the body must be prepared for shipment by being wrapped in a sheet and disinfected by solution of bi-chloride of mercury as above, and placed in a strong coffin or casket, and said coffin or casket encased in a hermetically sealed (soldered) zinc, copper or tin case, and all enclosed in a strong outside wooden box of material not less than one inch and a half thick.

RULE 3. In case of contagious, infectious or, communicable diseases, the body must not be accompanied by articles which have been exposed to the infection of the disease. And in addition to permit from Board of Health or proper health authority, station agents will require an affidavit from the shipping undertaker, stating how body has been prepared and kind of coffin or casket used, which must be in conformity with Rule 2.

RULE 4. The bodies of persons dead of diseases that are not contagious, infectious or communicable may be received for transportation to local points in same State, when encased in a sound coffin or metallic case, and enclosed in a strong wooden box securely fastened so it may be safely handled. But when it is proposed to transport them out of the State to an interstate point (unless the time required for transportation from the initial point to destination does not exceed 18 hours), they must be encased in air-tight, zinc, tin, copper or lead-lined coffin, or an air-tight iron casket, or a strong coffin or casket encased in a hermetically sealed (soldered) zinc,

Other States report cases of small-pox at short intervals, while circumscribed outbreaks of diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles and whooping cough appear to be of common occurrence in the more Northern and Eastern States, showing the existing tendency to epidemicity in these diseases at the present time, and the value of systemized active measures for their control on the part of local and State authorities.

Pneumonia has also been a commonly reported disease during the last month, together with forms of continued fever, malarial or otherwise in nature.

Since the report made at the July meeting one hundred and five (105) physicians and twenty-one (21) midwives have been accorded registration under the Medical Practice Act. During the same period sixteen applications for registration were declined for the several reasons authorizing such action in the Act cited.

All of which is respectfully submitted.”

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On motion the report was received and filed. The Secretary also submitted a full report on the meeting of the American Public Health Association held at Milwaukee, Wis., last November, which was, on motion, ordered filed as by previous action it was directed to be made a part of the annual report for last year.

Dr. Homan stated that the annual report of the Board for 1888 had been duly completed and forwarded to the Governor as required by law, and gave details as to the various matters contained in it, and the manner in which the work was done, all of which was motion approved.

Bills and vouchers for clerical work, printing, etc., for the last six months were referred to Dr. Griffith as an auditing committee, who later reported the same to be correct; the report being adopted and the committee discharged.

The Secretary reported action in a number of cases under the Practice Act which was on motion approved.

A communication as follows was read by the Secretary:



St., Kansas City, Mo.,


What will you take in money to furnish me with a certificate from the State Board of Health? I find it a very great detriment and very damaging to not have it. Please write me at once what sum of money you will take to furnish me with the said certificate. Hoping for an early and distinct reply, I am,

Yours respectfully,

M. D."

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The writer of this note being an individual to whom the Board had refused license for unprofessional and dishonorable conduct, Dr. Homan stated that he had referred the letter to Dr. Griffith for presentation to the Prosecuting Attorney and Grand Jury of Jackson county.

Dr. Griffith said that he had submitted the matter to the Prosecuting Attorney who had promised to take the necessary steps to secure the writer's indictment and punishment, under the statute relating to attempted bribery of public officers.

In the course of consideration of cases under the Medical Practice Act the application for license of a practitioner in Oregon county was presented which was based upon an examination license of the New York State Medical Society, that organization having at the time the license was granted due authority to examine candidates for practice and give licenses if found qualified. As a general rule to cover such cases Dr. Merrell offered the following:

Resolved, That we recognize as sufficient ground for granting the certificate of this Board that the applicant hold the license of a legally chartered examining hoard, or that of a State Board of Health, when accompanied with satisfactory evidence of good moral and professional standing.

The resolution was adopted.

On motion it was ordered that the present organization of the Board be continued.



copper or tin case, and all enclosed in a strong outside wooden box of material not less than one inch thick. In all cases the outside box must be provided with four iron chest handles.

RULE 5. Every dead body must be accompanied by a person in charge, who must be provided with a ticket, and also present a full first-class ticket marked “Corpse," and a transit permit from Board of Health or proper health authority, giving permission for the removal and showing name of deceased, age, place of death, cause of death (and if of a contagious or infectious nature), the point to which it is to be shipped, medical attendant and name of undertaker.

RULE 6. The transit permits must be made with a stub, to be retained by the person issuing it; the original permit must accompany the body to destination, and two coupons; the first coupon to be detached by station agent at initial point and sent to the General Baggage Agent, and the second coupon by the last train baggage

The stub, permit and coupons must be numbered so the one will refer to the other, and on permit will be a space for undertaker's aff davit, to be used in cases of contagious or infectious diseases, as required by rules 2 and 3.

RULE 7. The box containing corpse must be plainly marked with paster, showing name of deceased, place of death, cause of death, the point to which it is to be shipped, number of transit permit issued in connection, and name of person in charge of the remains. There must also be blank spaces at bottom of paster for station agent at initial point, to fill in the form and number of passage ticket, where from, where to and route to destination of such ticket.

RULE 8. It is intended that no dead body shall be moved which may be the means of spreading disease; therefore, all disinterred bodies, dead from any disease or cause, will be treated as infectious and dangerous to the public health, and will not be accepted for transportation unless said removal has been approved by the State Board of Health, and the consent of the health authority of the locality to which the corpse is consigned has been first obtained, and the disinterred remains enclosed in a hermetically sealed (soldered) zinc, tin or copper-lined coffio or box, or box encased in hermetically sealed (soldered) zinc, tin or copper cases.

NOTE. The approval of the State Board of Health for disinterment must be attached to the transit permit.

(For FORMs see following pages.)

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