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November 4, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(19):1623-1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640190061029

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Organization of Public Health Services  The draft of a law has been presented to the legislative chamber which tends to put all public health services under medical control. The law of 1872 in force at present puts the responsibility of combating transmissible diseases into the hands of the communal authorities, who, as a rule, accept the advice of the general practitioners, who are thus in reality the arbiters of the application of the law. A general reorganization of the whole public health system is needed. The present bill merely outlines the basis for such a reorganization. It is planned to divide the country into a certain number of sanitary districts. In each district, a public health service (gezondheidsdienst) will be established. The bill provides for a laboratory as well as an administrative establishment in and for each district. If it should prove impossible to create a special laboratory in each

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