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December 21, 1918


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New York. Acting Assistant Surgeon, U. S. P. H. S.

JAMA. 1918;71(25):2093-2094. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600510061022

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To the Editor:  —Now is the time for American small municipalities to rise and demand health protection and pay for it. Thousands of able, educated, experienced young medical officers from the Army, Navy and Public Health Service will soon be discharged or will leave by resignation. Give these young, able men a chance to work as paid health officers in each community of, say, 5,000 inhabitants and above. Pay them living salaries and make them independent from the start. Place them in groups under older officers as supervisors, and let the U. S. Public Health Service do the general supervision and direction of the work so that uniform and advanced procedure may be maintained. Establish suitable, perhaps small, but still well equipped laboratories in some centrally located larger city for bacteriologic and biologic work, and place an efficient officer in charge. Build hospitals.Have an adequate staff of nurses on

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