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UNCLE SAM TELLS NATION'S MILLIONS HOW
TO KEEP WELL DEATH RATE LOW
BY F. Ml KERBY w The service still writes scientific
Washington, Sept. 29. Four'years
ago theU. S. public health service
was an establishment which manu
factured scientific -treatises on dis
ease which nobody but physicians
Today it is an instrument for the
dissemination of human happiness.
It all happened because a man had
an idea. "What," said Dr. C. W.
Rucker, assistant surgeon general in
charge1 of domestic quarantine mat
ters, "is the use of a public health
sendee unless people know what we
Nobody had a satisfactory answer.
So Surgeon General Rupert Blue and
the new sec'y of treasury, McAdoo,
under whom the public health serv
ice is placed for administrative pur-
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migut be a good idea to take the pub-
lie mto its confidence
Somt of the results are remarka
ble. In. 1912 the service published
and sent out 300,000 scientific publi
cations. In 1915 the service sent out
more tha 3,000,000 publications,
both scientific and popular but
mainly popular to individuals all
over the XL S. And 1916 will break
the record again'.
i A year ago Dr. Rucker's division
began sendiug out a "Health News"
bulletin to a few newspapers that
wanted it. Today 8,000. daily and
weekly newspapers get thisf bulletin.
When the outbreak of infantile pa
ralysis occurred in New York the
public health service wrote up a bul
letin telling what the public could do
to help prevent" the spread of the
malady. The bureau had 50,000 re
quests for this little bulletin.
Nobody in the U. S. with a 2-cent
postage stamp need be ignorant of
how flies breed, how they carry dis
ease, how to screen a house and how
to prevent the breeding of flies.
bulletins. Specialists work in its
laboratories and' statisticians figure
out mortality 'and morbidity rates.
Highly technical articles are pre
pared for physicians and health of
ficials all over the country.
But everything it does now is re
written in popular form for the lay
man. The service has adopted the
slogan that disease prevention
means getting rid of the causes and
getting rid of causes -requires edu
cation, of the public to know the
Four years ago scarcely anybody
in the country knew there was such
a thing -as a public health service.
Today it is orie of the best known
andmost useful branohes of the gov
ernment establishment And the
vear 1915 showed the lowest mortal
ity rate the U. S. has ever had, 13.5
per 1,000 population; the year 1914
holding the' previous low record,13.6
per 1,000. The 1915 rate was a 10-.6
per cent decreasein the death rate
over the average rate for the five
year period 1906 to 1910.
BITS OF NEWS
Highwaymen got $29 and ring
from Jas. TMurphy, 1963 Ogden av.,
at E. 39th and Langley av.
Burglar got two wedding1 rings and
$9 from home Michael Kaluak; 2145
W. 18th pi
Jacob Goodman, 630 Maxwell,
married, suicide. Gas. ,
Congressman Foss' plurality for
nomination for re-election, 17,648,
largest he has ever received.
Short fishing season, Washing
ton park lagoons, opens Sunday.
Must fish from a boat
6 o ,
Washington. Trade retaliation
law passed by last congress cannot
be employed" agajnst Great Britain in
fighting consorship of mails, state