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Maryland Manual, 1940-41
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bers. The State law requires that of the eight members of the Board
three shall be physicians, one a civil engineer, one a certified phar-
macist and one an experienced doctor of dental surgery, all to be ap-
pointed by the Governor, the remaining members to be the Director
of Health, and the Commissioner of Health of Baltimore City. The
Director of Health, who shall be an experienced physician, skilled in.
public health and hygiene, holds office as long as he performs his
duties in a competent manner. His successor is appointed by the
Board. The Governor's appointees serve for a term of six years each.

Dr. Robert H. Riley is Chairman of the. Board and Director of
Health. He is the Executive Officer of the State Department of
Health. He is represented in the field by the Deputy State Health
Officers, one in each Sanitary District. Division of the State into ten
Sanitary Districts, each consisting of two or three counties, and each
in charge of a full-time Deputy State Health Officer, was made in
1914, in accordance with the law enacted that year. Increased func-
tions made it necessary to decrease the territory covered, and the
County Health Department Law enacted in 1922 opened the way for
full-time departments in individual counties. A third law passed in
1931, changed the number of Sanitary Districts from ten to twenty-
three, corresponding to the number of Counties, and gave the neces-
sary sanction for State-wide full-time County health service. Since
1934, there has been full-time health service in every county in the

The County Health Officers are designated as Deputy State Health
Officers. Through them the Director of Health exercises supervision
over all matters affecting public health in the counties of Maryland.

The headquarters of the State Department of Health are at 2411
North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The building houses the
executive offices, the bureaus, divisions, and central laboratories.
Branch bacteriological laboratories are maintained at conveniently
accessible centers in different parts of the State.

In the Executive Office are four divisions, Legal Administration,
Public Health Education, Oral Hygiene, and Personnel and Accounts.
Mr. J. Davis Donovan, LL.B., is Chief of the Division of Legal
Administration. His duties include the investigation of all infractions
of public health laws and representation of the Department in court
in cases of prosecution of violations of such laws. The Division also
enforces the provisions of the law relating to the manufacture and
sale of bedding and upholstered furniture.

Miss Gertrude B. Knipp, A.B., is Chief of the Division of Public
Health Education. Her duties include assembling and distributing in-
formation on health promotion and disease prevention; preparing bul-
letins in popular form for press purposes, with special reference to use
in the counties; preparing circulars and arranging reports and other
printed matter bearing upon the work of the Department.

Dr. Richard C. Leonard, D.D.S., is chief of the Division of Oral
Hygiene. His duties include the organization and supervision of
county school dental clinics wherein preschool and school children
are examined and either referred to a family dentist, or, in the case
of indigent children, given free care. Educational work on the im-
portance and maintenance of mouth health is carried on through lec-
tures, clinics, moving pictures and pamphlets distributed through the


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