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WHAT GOV. LOWDEN'S CONSOLIDATION BILL
MEANS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
This is the seventh of a series of
articles by the staff correspondent of
The Day Book on Gov. Lowden's
commission consolidation bill.
Springfield, Feb. 26. "The thorn
in the side of the commission consol
idators." This was the cognomen by
which the department of health, in
Gov. Lowden's commission consoli
dation bill, was known after the
first announcement of the provisions
of the bill.
Under the present system of state
government the physicians have con
trol of the examinations and grant
ing of certificates of several profes
sions. That the registration of all
professions in the state, including
optometrists, pharmacists, barbers,
physicians, etc., should be under con
trol of the physicians was bitterly
assailed by all but the physicians.
The bill framers realized the situ
ation and left the question open. A
meeting of the allied health interests
of the state was called. The physi
cians surprised all of the other health
professions by making no deter
mined stand against the organiza
tion of the registration department
in a department with the educational
part of the state government
The department of health, reaped
of its authority to examine appli
cants for the several professions,
was retained in a separate depart
ment. By reason of this shearing of
one of its biggest duties, the depart
ment of public health is expected to
become one of the most efficient of
the new departments.
The duties of the department of
public health are:
1. To exercise the rights, powers
and duties vested by law in the state
board of health, its secretary and ex
ecutive officer, other officers and
employes, except the rights, powers
and duties ested by law in the state
board of health under the act to reg
ulate the practice of medicine and
the act to regulate the practice of
2. To have the general supervision
of the interests of the health and
lives of the people of the state.
3. To act in advisory capacity rel
ative to public water supplies, water
purification works, sewerage sys
tem and sewage treatment works,
and to exercise supervision over nui
sances growing out of the operation
of such water and sewage works,
and to make, promulgate and en
force rules and regulations relating
to such nuisances.
4. To make such sanitary investi
gations as it may, from time to time,
deem necessary for the preservation
and improvement of public health.
5. To make examinations into nui
sances and questions affecting the
security of life and health in any lo
cality in the state.
6. To maintain chemical, bacterio
logical and biological laboratories, to
make examinations of milk, water,
sewage, wastes and other sub
stances, and to make such diagnosis
of diseases as may be deemed neces
sary for the protection of the people
of the state.
7. To purchase and distribute free
of charge to citizens of the state
diphtheria antitoxin, typhoid vaccine,
smallpox vaccine and other sera,
vaccines and prophylactics such as
are of recognized efficiency in the
prevention and treatment of com
8. To obtain, collect and preserve
such information relative to mortal
ity, morbidity, disease and health as
may be useful in the discharge of its'
duties or may contribute to the pro.
motion of health or to the security or
life in this state.
9. To make investigations and in
quiries with respect to the causes of
disease, especially epidemics, and to
investigate the causes of mortality"