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The Journal of San Diego History
SAN DIEGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY
Fall 2002, Volume 48, Number 4
Gregg Hennessey, Editor
Michael Kelly, M.D., Guest Editor

San Diego’s Health 1888-1889

Gregg Hennessey, Editor
Michael Kelly, M.D., Guest Editor

Introduction
By Michael Kelly, M.D.
First Annual Report of the Board of Health of the City of San Diego for the Year Ending December 31st, 1888.
Edited by Michael Kelly, M.D.
Ordinance No. 180, approved January 13th, 1888.
An ordinance establishing a Health Board, and in Relation to the Appointment of a Health Officer.
Ordinance No. 193, approved February 20th, 1888.
An ordinance concerning the public health of the City of San Diego, California.
Ordinance No. 258, approved June 13th, 1888.
An ordinance defining the duties of Health Officer of the City of San Diego, California.
Ordinance No. 265, approved July 3d, 1888.
An ordinance to grant to the Board of Health the power to regulate the plumbing and drainage of buildings, and to provide for the registration of plumbers.
First Annual Report of the San Diego County Hospital and Poor Farm to the Board of Supervisors, for the Year Ending June 30, 1889.
Edited by Michael Kelly, M.D.

Front Cover image: Cover of The First Annual Report of the Board of Health of the City of San Diego for the Year Ending December 31st, 1888. The original report is reprinted in full in this issue.

Back Cover imageBack Cover image: Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup was promoted to mothers for children who were teething. No doubt it calmed their fussing, since one of the ingredients was morphine. Mrs. Winslow’s Syrup was responsible for the accidental death of a child, according to the 1888 Health Department Report. A Collier’s exposé in 1905 brought about a public outcry against unregulated patent medicines. This trade card has an 1885 calendar on the back. The Pure Food and Drug Act was enacted in 1906. Image courtesy of the author.

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