One of the most valuable contributions to the subject of municipal sanitation is the recent introduction by the Department of Health of New York City of trained nurses for public-school service and for visiting contagious disease cases. As is usual in public undertakings, the initiative and early experimenting were due to private individuals. The residents of the Henry Street Nurses' Settlement, situated in one of the most crowded quarters of New York City, became deeply impressed by the neglect of contagious cases, which naturally can not be treated in the ordinary course of district nursing.
In a report given in Charities, L. L. Dock, who is herself one of the nurses in this settlement, states that the supervision of the department of health is as complete and strict as is possible under the circumstances. Physicians are asked to immediately report contagious cases, and quarantine measures are adopted. Leaflets in several