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Kansas Frontier Doctor Samuel Crumbine Honored with Statue Near Capitol

Samuel Crumbine rose from country doctor in Ford County to Kansas Health Director and became an internationally famous crusader for public health. (Photo from Kansas Historical Society)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new statue outside the Kansas state capitol will pay tribute to a frontier doctor from Dodge City who was an early leader in public health efforts. The Wichita Eagle reports the statue will bring attention to Samuel Crumbine's work at the beginning of the 20th century. Crumbine started a don't spit on the sidewalk campaign to help limit the spread of tuberculosis and served as the state's first public health officer. Crumbine pushed for the elimination of the common / public drinking cup and encouraged Kansans to kill flies to prevent the spread of disease. He also pushed for legislation that required hotels to wash bedding between guests and a variety of other laws in the interest of public health. The Kansas Health Institute will dedicate the statue of Crumbine next month at its office building near the capitol building in Topeka.

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