1849 : Detroit Common Council Calls for City Physician

When:
February 21, 2021 all-day
2021-02-21T00:00:00-05:00
2021-02-22T00:00:00-05:00

Almost from its beginnings, Detroit has always sought physicians to care for the health of its citizens. In 1829 and 1837, there were small-pox outbreaks. On February 21 1849 the Detroit Common Council passes an act calling for the election of a city physician each year. In May 1857 the number was increased from one to four. By ordinance of January 31, 1860, the city was divided into three districts and a physician with a salaryof $300 was appointed to each.

Sources:

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Silas Farmer, The History of Detroit and Michigan: Or, The Metropolis …, Volume 1. Detroit, S. Farmer & co., 1884.

The MSU community has access to an online edition via the HathiTrust.