Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, Assistant Editor.
It has only been within a few years that the medical profession in general
has come to appreciate the value of the study of natural surroundings in relation
to their bearing upon disease. Not long ago hygiene in its true scope was
an unheard of study even in the best of medical schools and it has only been
very recently that an examination of the medical student upon this part of
medical science has been insisted upon by the best faculties in the United
States. In England, on the contrary, much more attention has been given to
this subject and the government, in a paternal fashion, exercises a certain
amount of oversight over hygienic matters which in this country are, unfortunately,
too often ignored.
THE INFLUENCE OF LOCALITY ON DISEASE.. JAMA. 1998;279(19):1522C. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1522