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Title: Saint Louis Division of Health Laboratory ManualAdd to your cart.
ID: PC/PC096
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1934
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The St. Louis Public Health laboratory (St. Louis Health Division Laboratory or Bacteriological Laboratory) was a municipal public health laboratory established in April 1921 by the passage of a city ordinance. The lab performs clinical tests to detect diseases. Prior to 1921, lab work was conducted by the laboratory service of City Hospital. From 1921 to at least 1946?, it occupied the basement and sub-basement of the St. Louis Municipal Courts building at 13th and Market. Joseph C. Willett, its founding director and chief bacteriologist, was a veterinarian by training. The Bacteriological laboratory was started on funds from the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross headed by Bordon Veeder. It was one of the first municipal health laboratories. In 1934 the Bacteriological Laboratory and the City Chemist's Office were united into the Laboratory Section of the Health Division. As stated in the 1934 manual, the laboratory consisted of six divisions: bacteriology, serology, sanitary analysis, chemistry, media (including sterilization of glassware and preparation of laboratory outfits), and special investigation. Willett was on the faculty of Washington University beginning in 1933 as lecturer in public health, (1933-1946) and instructor in public health at Washington University School of Medicine (1947).
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