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Harry S. Mustard

Harry Stoll Mustard was born in 1896 in South Carolina and received his medical training in that state. He became Tennessee's assistant health commissioner in 1930, and in 1932 joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. From 1940 to 1950 he directed the Columbia University School of Public Health, from which he took leave of absence to become NYC's health commissioner from 1947 to 1950. His pioneering work in public health includes An Introduction to Public Health (published in five editions from 1935 to 1969), Rural Health Practice (1936), and Government in Public Health (1945). He died in Camden, N.J. in 1966.

Harry S. Mustard appears in the following:

Clean Water and Fiery Furnaces: The Health of New York, 1947

Thursday, December 27, 2012

WNYC

In this 1948 New Year’s Day address, NYC Health Commissioner Harry Mustard radiates post-war optimism and faith in the future.   He proudly recounts the accomplishments of the previous year in infant and maternal health, food and water safety and venereal disease treatment.  He also candidly discusses the resource shortages of the Health Department, as well as the need to do more in the areas of environmental health (smoke from old furnaces was a key issue of the time), tuberculosis, chronic disease and mental hygiene.   In short, he sounds like he is giving a report from NYC’s current model for action, “Take Care, New York”.

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APHA Meeting

Tuesday, October 25, 1949

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Seventy-seventh annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Herman Hilleboe, State Commissioner of Health makes opening remarks. Dr. Charles F. Willinsky, APHA president, introduces Mayor O'Dwyer ...

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Gravesend Health Center Cornerstone Laying Ceremony

Friday, October 21, 1949

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Speeches touch on the need for schools in the neighborhood, inspired, perhaps, by signs held up by audience members.



Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


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New Years Message by Commissioner Harry S. Mustard

Thursday, January 01, 1948

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A New Year's Day address by Commissioner Harry S. Mustard, Health Department, on the state of New York City's health, and what the Health Department is doing. Discussed is the ongoing ...

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