Effective public health work depends on investigation, an adequate force of trained sanitarians, and a public appreciative of the social, economic and health benefits to be derived from the application of science to personal and community welfare. Colleges and universities are admirably equipped to make contributions to one or to all of these essential components of applied preventive medicine.
During the last half century, institutions of higher learning have made discoveries in the field of preventive medicine with such rapidity that only extraordinary effects in education can make it possible for one or even two generations to apply the knowledge that has been gained, or to estimate its benefit to society. The urgent need of the hour is not so much more knowledge as it is greater motivation of health activities in the daily life of the individual and of the community.
The departments of preventive medicine and schools of
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