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.
New Years Message by Commissioner Harry S. Mustard
Thursday, January 01, 1948
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 need for nurses, importance of children's health, the fight against tuberculosis, venereal disease and a need for more work in the field of mental hygiene.
*Same Municipal Archives catalog number as WNYC Catalog record #68756.2. Possibly an error made at time of reformatting from transcription disc to tape.
For more on Commissioner Mustard's New Year's Day address, please visit http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/neh-preservation-project/2012/dec/27/fiery-furnaces-health-new-york-1947/.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 68757
Municipal archives id: LT140