JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
One of the most important and most significant of the favorable results of the late epidemic of yellow fever has been the widespread agitation in the southern states, having as its object the creation of a public sentiment in favor of transferring to the Federal Government all matters of national and interstate quarantine. This is all the more notable because heretofore it has been chiefly the southern adhesion to a strict construction of the rights of the state that has prevented the development of a national department of health. In order to show the character of this change in sentiment, we reproduce in this issue a few excerpts from southern press editorials, together with expressions from prominent state governors. Those interested in public health development will find these very significant.
FEDERAL PROTECTION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH.. JAMA. 2005;294(19):2514. doi:10.1001/jama.294.19.2514