Public Health in Springfield, Illinois; A Survey Bu the Department of Surveys and Exhibits, Russell Sage Foundation

Public Health in Springfield, Illinois; A Survey Bu the Department of Surveys and Exhibits, Russell Sage Foundation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ... supply has been free from blame. The distribution of the disease throughout the city shows the fourth and fifth wards to a decided advantage, a distribution that corresponds in a general way to that of wells and privies, which assuredly play an important part in keeping up the death rate. Contact infection directly from person to person is, however, probably responsible for much of the trouble, a fact which calls for improved procedures of study and control on the part of the health department. Such improvements require some money and considerable skill, but the results would surely be well worth while, as typhoid killed 84 Springfield residents in the six years studied and is, at the same time, one of the most certainly preventable of the communicable diseases. VII THE VENEREAL DISEASES Springfield's death rate from syphilis in 1913, 23.0 per 100,000, was greater than its death rate from typhoid fever. And this despite the fact that syphilis is seldom certified as a cause of death when any other can be substituted. The truth is that the number of deaths certified under this title is probably far short of the actual number. Similarly, we do not know the actual number of cases of syphilis in Springfield because the disease receives no official cognizance. It is entirely probable, however, that the same number of cases of typhoid fever, or scarlet fever, or diphtheria, would cause great public agitation and an insistent demand for action by the authorities. Yet syphilis is only one of three communicable venereal diseases, the consequences of which are quite possibly much more important than some of the diseases mentioned and on account of which rigorous measures are commonly taken. This extraordinary and irrational state of affairs is partly due...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123665482X
  • 9781236654823