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peace, upon which preliminary examination can be had; and in case probable cause is shown, such party may be required to enter into recognizance, with sufficient sureties, to apnear at the next term of the court having jurisdiction of the offense, to answer such indictment, the same as in other criminal cases.

I am, very respectfully,

J. K. EDSALL, Attorney-General.


The following is the form of complaint above alluded to:

The complaint and information of

in said county,
made before

Esquire, one of the justices of the peace for said county, on the

day of

188.., who, being duly sworn, upon his oath says, that

at and within said county, to-wit: on the

day of

A. D. 188.., practiced medicine without then and there possessing the qualifications prescribed in the certain act of the General Assembly of the State of Minois, entitled “An act to regulate the practice of medicine in the State of Illinois," approved May 29, 1877, and without then and there having complied with the provisions of that act; that is to say, the said

then and there so practiced medicine without then and there having an unrevoked certificate of the genuineness of his diploma as a graduate in medicine from the State Board of Health of the State of Illinois: and without then and there having an unrevoked certificate from the said State Board of Health, authorizing him to practice medicine or surgery in the State of Illinois, and that he was not then and there a commissioned surgeon of the United States Army or Navy, and had not been practicing ten years within the State of Illinois prior to the first day of July, 1877; contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made and provided.

That this complainant has just and reasonable grounds to believe, and does believe, that the said

has committed said offense, and, therefore, prays that he may be arrested and dealt with according to law. Subscribed and sworn to before me this

day of

A. D. 188... Justice of the Peace.









APPROVED MAY 29, 1877.


An Act to create and establish a State Board of Health in the State of Illinois. Approved May 25, 1877; in force July 1, 1877.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Nlinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint seven persons, who shall constitute the Board of Health. The persons so appointed shall hold their offices for seven years: Provided, that the terms of office of the seven first appointed shall be so arranged that the term of one shall expire on the thirtieth day of December of each year, and the vacancies so created, as well as all vacancies occurring otherwise, shall be filled by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate: And provided, also, that appointments made when the Senate is not in session may be confirmed at its next ensuing session.

See. 2. The State Board of Health shall have the general supervision of the interests of the health and life of the citizens of the State. They shall have charge of all matters pertaining to quarantine; and shall have authority to make such rules and regulations, and such sanitary investigations, as they may from time to time deem necessary for the preservation or improvement of public health; and it shall be the duty of all police officers, sheriffs, constables, and all other officers and employes of the State, to enforce such rules and regulations, so far as the efficiency and success of the Board may depend upon their official cooperation.

Sec. 3. The Board of Health shall have supervision of the State system of registration of births and deaths as hereinafter provided; they shall make up such forms and recommend such legislation as shall be deemed necessary for the thorough registration of vital and mortuary statistics throughout the State. The Secretary of the Board shall be the superintendent of such registration. The clerical duties and the safe-keeping of the bureau of vital statistics thus created shall be provided by the Secretary of State.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of all physicians and accoucheurs in this State to register their names and post-office address with the county clerk of the county where they reside; and said physicians and accoucheurs shall be required, under penalty of ten dollars, to be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction in the State, at suit of the county clerk, to report to the county clerk, within thirty days from date of their occurrence, all births and deaths which may come under their supervision, with a certificate of the cause of death, and such correlative facts as the Board may require, in the blank forms furnished as hereinafter provided.

Sec. 5. When any birth or death shall take place, no physician or accoucheur being in attendance, the same shall be reported to the county clerk within thirty days from the date of their occurrence, with the supposed cause of death, by the parent, or if none, by the nearest of kin, not a minor, or if none, by the resident householder where the death shall occur, under penanty as provided in the preceding section of this act.

Sec. 6. The coroners of the several counties shall be required to report to the county clerk all cases of death which may come under their supervision, with the cause and mode of death, etc., as per forms furnished, under penalty as provided in section four (4) of this act.

Sec. 7. All amounts recovered under the penalties herein provided shall be appropriated to a special fund for the carrying out of the object of this law.

Sec. 8. The county clerks of the several counties in the State shall be required to keep separate books for the registration of the names and post-office address of physicians and accoucheurs, for births, for marriages, and for deaths; said books shall always be open to inspection without fee; and said county clerks shall be required to render a full and complete report of all births, marriages and deaths to the Secretary

of the Board of Health, annually, and at such other times as the Board may direct.

Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the Board of Health to prepare such forms for the record of births, marriages and deaths as they may deem proper; the said forms to be furnished by the Secretary of said Board to the county clerks of the several counties, whose duty it shall be to furnish them to such persons as are herein required to make such reports.

Sec. 10. The first meeting of the Board shall be within fifteen days after their appointment, and thereafter in January and June of each year, and at such other times as the Board shall deem expedient. The meeting in January of each year shall be in Springfield

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