|Dr. Peyre Porcher,
National Library of Medicine
|An Address to the
Legislature was prepared by special committee of the Board, Dr. F. Peyre
Porcher, MD Chairman, Dr B. W. Taylor, MD and Dr. J. A Robinson, MD. The
committee requested a budget increase from $2,000 to $3,000 in the third year
of the Board.
|Dr. Peyre Porcher
was a distinguished Charleston physician. He and Dr.Benjamin W. Taylor of
Columbia, who was the Chairman of the
Board of Health, and Dr. J. A.
Robinson addressed the Legislature "on the Sanitary Needs of the
State…in 1881." Listen to some of their remarks:
vote supplies for a good many different and indifferent objects, but for
others with apparently remote advantages, such... as the preservation of
health, ... the sanitary fat ...will keep up for a time a mighty sizzling!
|... when a State
Board of Health is organized and equipped... it can hope to add far more ...
to the public welfare... to trace out and destroy the causes of disease, to
protect the public from dangers and to compel the citizen,..., to take care
of himself, his family and his neighbor.
It will examine everywhere into the economy of his household, the air
he breathes, the water he drinks, the food he consumes.
|State Board of
Health. Second Annual Report of the State Board of Health of South
Carolina for the Fiscal Year Ending October 31st, 1881. Charleston, SC:
Walker, Evans & Cogswell, 1881.