The National Association of Sanitarians (NAS) published the first issue of The Sanitarian in June 1938. The Sanitarian would be renamed the Journal of Environmental Health in August 1962.
The first issue has 28 pages. It is small in size (approximately 7 x 10 in.) and featured a brown cover that included the NAS logo. Walter S. Mangold is listed as the editor-in-chief. A single copy cost $0.25 and a yearly subscription was $2.50 for the U.S. and $3.00 for Canada.
The table of contents list the following:
- Editorial (page 4)
- Over the Editor's Desk (page 5)
- "An Experimental Series on the Contamination of Milk Caps and Milk Truck Sacks" by R.V. Stone, DVM (page 6)
- Association Activities (page 9)
- New Items for Sanitarians (page 13)
- Reviews and Abstracts (page 18)
A listing of NAS officers for 1938 is listed in the table of contents on page 3. A membership application is printed on page 12 with an active membership costing $5/year.
Advertising is included on the inside front cover, inside back cover, and outside back cover, as well on page 26. The companies that advertised in the first issue are listed below:
- Sunland Biscuit Co.
- Sterilite Chemical Co.
- T.V. Allen, Inc.
- Hotel Nash
- Mount Wilson Hotel
- Youngs Rubber Corporation, Inc. (The advertisement is for Trojan Brand prophylactics, ad pictured to the right.)
- The J.B. Ford Sales Co.
- Edward Brothers, Inc. (The advertisement is for The Sanitarian and His Duties by Grace Loye)