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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 8, 2010

A NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

JAMA. 2010;304(10):1130. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1091

Since the introduction in the Senate, by Senator Owen, of the bill providing for the establishment of a federal department of health, there has been much discussion in both the scientific and the secular press regarding the proposed measure. Several congressional committee meetings have been held at which appeared those favoring and those opposing the measure. Both proponents and opponents, however, at the committee meetings and in the public press, have dealt largely in general statements. No definite scheme has been submitted as a basis of discussion or action; and only general—and in the main irrelevant—objections have been advanced. This week we publish an article by Dr. Young, who for twenty years has been connected with one branch of the government health work. In this article the question is presented in its broader aspect. So far as we are aware, this is the first attempt that has been made to bring together and to present in concrete form the various activities, relating directly or indirectly to public health, carried on in the several departments of the government.

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