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Public Health and the State

Changing Views in Massachusetts. 1842-1936

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ISBN 9780674722361

Publication Date: 01/01/1972


271 pages


  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. From Records to Reform, 1842–1850
  • 2. The State Board of Health Becomes a Reality, 1861–1879
  • 3. Reassigning Responsibility for Health, 1879–1888
  • 4. Science Defines the Methods and Goals of Public Health,1888–1914
  • 5. The New Politics and the New Public Health, 1914–1936
  • Epilogue
  • Appendixes
    • Appendix 1. Massachusetts State Health Organization, 1869–1969
    • Appendix 2. Administration of State Authority for Public Health in Massachusetts, 1869–1935
    • Appendix 3. Comparative Rating of the States in Public Health Work, 1915
    • Appendix 4. Registration of Vital Statistics: Selected Documents
      • A. Memorial of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1841
      • B. Memorial of the Massachusetts Medical Society, 1841
      • C. Registration legislation, 1842
      • D. Report on nomenclature to the National Medical Convention, 1847
    • Appendix 5. State Responsibility for Public Health:Selected Massachusetts Documents
      • A. Shattuck’s Sanitary Survey, 1850
      • B. Legislative recommendation for a State Board of Health, 1869
      • C. Legislation for a State Board of Health
      • D. Bowditch address to the first State Board of Health
      • E. Legislation for health districts
      • F. Legislation for a Department of Health
    • Appendix 6. Extension of State Authority for Public Health: Selected Massachusetts Documents
      • A. Protection of public water supplies
      • B. Protection of food and drugs
      • C. Control of contagious disease
      • D. Identification of noncontagious disease as a public health problem
    • Appendix 7. Mortality in Massachusetts, 1865–1940
    • Appendix 8. Life Expectancy in Massachusetts, 1855–1941
    • Appendix 9. Mortality from Certain Contagious Diseases in Massachusetts, 1865–1940
    • Appendix 10. Reporting Certain Contagious Diseases in Massachusetts, 1916–1940
  • Note on Sources
  • Index

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