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January 4, 1936

Robert Harvey Reed: A Sanitary Pioneer In Ohio

JAMA. 1936;106(1):70. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770010072034

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This biography is of particular interest to physicians in Ohio, but it is not without interest to all physicians because it contains a reminder of the important part played in the early history of the public health movement by practicing physicians. Through the Ohio Sanitary Association Dr. Reed and fellow-pioneers were responsible for the original formation of the Ohio State Board of Health. In this day, when the contributions of the physician to public health are conveniently forgotten or minimized by certain small but vociferous elements among public health and social workers, it is worth while to have recalled to mind the fact that public health movements in their beginnings owed much of their impetus to practicing physicians.

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