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UNION COUNTY.

NAME OF PHYSICIAN.

P. O. ADDRESS

DATE OF 1 INSTITUTION CONFERRING
DIPLOMA. DIPLOMA AND LOCALITY.

Armstrong, George A.... Elizabeth

--,'84 Univ. of the City of N. Y. Ball, Charles G. Plainfield ........... Mar. 10, '81 Bellevue Hosp. Med. Col. Bachelor, H. M.. Summit .......

- -,'77 University of New York. Davis, Thomas S..

Apr. 2, '84 Hahneman Med. Col., Phila. Donovan, Alfred Q....... Elizabeth

Mar. 25, '82 Bellevue Medical College. Griffin, J. F... Plainfield

........... Gale, William ............ Westfield, June 26, '67 Long Island Col. Hosp. Hedges, Elias Walton.... Plainfield .... Apr. 13, '83 University of Pennsylvania. Jones, Eli Grellet.......... Elizabeth .... Nov. 1,'71 Dartmouth Col., N. H. Oliver, Allen H............ Elizabeth ... Mar. 25, '82 University of Pennsylvania. Stites, Joseph Augustus... Linden ..... Mar. 1,75 Bellevue Med. Col , N. Y. Ulmer, Henrietta Young. Elizabeth ........ July 3,'84 College of Midwifery. N. Y. Wheeler, James Albert... Elizabeth ....... Mar. 13, '84 Hom. Col. of Med., N.Y. City. Wilson, Norton L......... Roselle ......... Mar. 13,'84 Bellevue Hosp Med. Col." Walker, John Evans....... Elizabeth ........... -,'84'University of New York.

WARREN COUNTY.

Bowers, Jeremiah K ..... Washington...
Bergen, E. J.............. Hope ............
Deacon, T. Eayre. ........ Phillipsburg .
Linaberry, Wm L. ....... Allamuchy...
Roberts, D. Edgar ........
Stiger, J. D.......... Delaware .......
West, Heston R ........... Phillipsborg .....

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REPORT

OF THE

BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS

OF THE

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

FOR THE

Statistical Year from July 1st, 1883, to July 1st, 1884,

WITH ADDITIONAL QUINQUENNIAL TABLES AND CLIMATOLOGY.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE.

TO HON. HENRY C. KELSEY, SECRETARY OF STATE. By EZRA M. HUNT, M.D., Sc.D.,

Medical Superintendent of Vital Statistics,

INTRODUCTION TO THE REPORT ON VITAL

STATISTICS.

The importance of vital statistics is so well recognized by all who understand their bearing, that it is now seldom necessary to explain the work begun in this State in 1838, and rendered more complete by recent laws.

Since political economy, social science and the study of population have come to be recognized as very essential factors of prosperity, not a few are getting closer insight into the work. It is a great concern of the State whether a proper guard is placed upon the conditions of marriage, whether the evidence of parents' consent to minors, of the reality of the ceremony, and of the competency of the parties to the contract, are established. The family is the essential unit of the State, because it is of all society. On it depends more for the State than upon any other of its institutions. The English requirement of notice of marriage, and the plans still adopted in some of the States and in the District of Columbia, did not arise from inquisitive officiousness, but from what both reason and experience had taught as to the concern which the State has in properly-considered and attested marriages. It is believed that the influence of the method of the Society of Friends and of our early laws on this subject has been very salutary, and help to account for the fact that the grounds for divorce and its frequency are not so commonplace in this State as in many others. The marriage certificate now furnished has, in addition to the blank, a certificate which the parties may be asked to sign, and which not only is valuable as a defense to the person performing the ceremony, but is also a proper guard to the parties.

The record of deaths not only serves to identify, but is the mildest form of certificate that the life of a human being has ceased and that there has been proper care exercised as to it. So long as one of the chief objects for which the State exists is the protection of human life,

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