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This issue of The Indiana Historian examines the early years of public health science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Below on this page are a few suggestions about using this issue as a springboard for further investigation: "You be the historian."
On pages 3 and 4, there is a brief history of medicine and public health issues from a national perspective. The timeline throughout provides a broad context for the topic.
Indiana's efforts and progress in fighting disease and educating the public about health are reviewed on pages 5-7. Especially important was the creation of the Indiana State Board of Health in 1881.
Dr. John N. Hurty's leadership of the State Board of Health from 1896 to 1922 is reviewed on pages 8-9. Hurty's energetic and confrontational style in the war on disease is evident in some of the materials reproduced in this issue.
Dr. John N. Hurty in 1896.
On pages 10 and 11, the core problem of obtaining pure water is addressed. The drawing on the back cover relates to this topic.
Indiana's fight for healthy milk is briefly reviewed on page 12.
On page 13, the life and accomplishments of Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley are reviewed. Wiley was crucial in the passage of the first federal Pure Food and Drugs Act in 1906.
The present state of public health science is briefly considered on page 14.
Page 15 contains the bibliography and sampling of resources.
There are many difficult words in this issue. Have a dictionary on hand to help.