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To the Editor:
—According to the lay press, the chairman of the Medical Section of the Advisory Commission of the Council of National Defense has rushed in with the members of his Volunteer Medical Service Corps to take a hand in, if not to take charge of, the outbreak of influenza in the country. In Illinois, and I suppose in other states, he telegraphs his state chairman to appoint a committee to attend to the situation, and forthwith a committee for that purpose springs into existence.What does this action mean? There are only two obvious answers. Either the usual constituted authorities for taking care of epidemics have failed, or the chairman of the Medical Section of the Advisory Commission is a sort of medical "all highest" in the United States, who is superior to all regular agencies and may step in when he sees fit.We have for some
Pusey WA. THE MEDICAL SECTION OF THE ADVISORY COMMISSION STILL BROADENING ITS FUNCTIONS. JAMA. 1918;71(14):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600400060024