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(Extract from the Report of The Commissioner of Indian Affairs.) HE HEALTH work of the Indian Service throughout the past fiscal year was conducted under increasing diffi culties, owing to the patriotic response of our physicians and nurses to their country's call, yet, due to the impetus given the campaigns on the various reservations during the imme diately preceding years, a definite progress has been recorded. All our health activities are planned and promoted upon the prin ciple that permanent results in these matters must come through popular education in sanitation, ventilation, care of children, care of the sick, domestic economy, etc. Despite the loss of many health workers this line of endeavor has been faithfully carried forward to the greatest possible extent and much good has been accomplished. Another hardship which has been keenly felt is the greatly increased prices of all supplies, particularly medicines, drugs, and surgical in struments, the cost of which it has been necessary to meet with ap propriations no larger than those of former years, or not increased proportionately to the advanced cost of the material, for the pur chase of which they were intended. A patriotic spirit of endeavor, however, has actuated our employees, and a faithful attempt has been made to secure the best possible results with the facilities avail able. Tuberculosis and trachoma continue to furnish two hard problems to solve in upbuilding the health of the Indian race. Notwithstand ing the loss of physicians, it has been possible to operate all of our sanatoria during the year, and many cases of tuberculosis have 3.