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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 24, 2009


JAMA. 2009;301(24):2601. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.889

The initiative long ago taken by the medical profession of the United States in behalf of the public health and a national bureau of public health is at last receiving gratifying support from the laity. The fact that medical societies are to-day holding open meetings to which the people are invited, not only to listen but to participate in the discussion of the great health problems of to-day, is probably the greatest factor in public enlightenment on this question. In a number of states the public health administration is organized with reference not only to its executive value, but also to its educational worth to the people. In several states the county health officers are called in annual convention, sometimes called “schools,” for the serious study of hygienic questions and for their discussion with the people. In view of this sort of activity it can not be otherwise than that a reflex influence should set in; or, in other words, that the people themselves should begin to take the initiative.

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