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State Board of Health - RG 352 | Illinois State Archives

Name: State Board of Health - RG 352

Historical Note:

The State Board of Health, created in 1877 with members appointed by the Governor, had general supervision over the health of Illinois citizens (L. 1877, p. 208). Its primary responsibilities included the investigation of contagious and infectious diseases among humans, the power to quarantine when necessary, supervision over lodging houses, and the examination and licensing of physicians, surgeons, midwives, and embalmers. The board also was responsible for the gathering and maintenance of vital statistics which involved a statewide system for the registration of births and deaths.

The board was abolished by the Civil Administrative Code of 1917. Its regulatory powers and duties relating to the practices of medicine and embalming were transferred to the Department of Registration and Education. All other powers and duties were transferred to the Department of Public Health.

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