October 25, 1924


Author Affiliations

Field Director, Committee on Municipal Health Department Practice, American Public Health Association NEW YORK

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1285-1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170001001

Lifting public health work from a political to a professional plane is largely a matter of standardization.

THREE PROPOSITIONS  I desire to submit, and hope to sustain, three propositions:1. The appraisal of any piece of public health work will be, and must be, a matter of personal, and frequently biased, political opinion and determination until generally understood and acceptable standards for the appraisal of the work of health departments are established.A concrete illustration of the aforestated proposition will serve as better support for it than any abstract reasoning. In a recent election in a county where majorities for years have been small, and, as is usually the case under such circumstances, partisan feeling has been intense, a political turnover occurred. As a result of the election and change in political control of the county, it was generally assumed that all appointive offices would be filled by new officers

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