Excerpt from Thirteenth Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Maine: For the Two Years Ending December 31, 1903
This report is for the two calendar years 1902 and 1903. Though an explanation may be in order, the secretary does not feel like apologizing for the lateness of the report. Aside from his routine duties as secretary of the State board of health and as registrar of vital statistics, the widely extended wave of small pox infection at last struck us. Though a piece of good for tune for the citizens of the State, the legislative provision for a laboratory of hygiene entailed much labor and time in arranging for the opening Of the laboratory, and still further additional work came inopportunely through another act of the legislature which provided that the secretary of the State board of health shall be the clerk and treasurer of the State board of embalming examiners. It is much to be regretted that this unusual pres sure Of epidemic and other business has seriously interfered with other work which the board deems almost of the first moment - keeping fully abreast of the progress of sanitary knowledge in our own country and in other countries and in rendering such information available for practical use by the people of our own State. The educative inﬂuence of a State board of health should be one of its most valuable functions. In the past two years the board has been compelled to suspend the publication of the Sanitary Inspector which for many years served as the Official organ of the board, keeping the board more closely in touch with the local boards and with our people. It is hoped, however, at an early date to begin the publication of a bulletin which will take its place. Various pieces of new work have regretfully been delayed by the force of circumstances.
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