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January 23, 1926

BERLIN

JAMA. 1926;86(4):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300053023

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Abstract

Visits of Professors Chagas and Semaschko  We have recently been visited by Professor Chagas, director of the public health service of Brazil and discoverer of the cause of Chagas' disease; also by Professor Semaschko, commissioner of the public health service of Russia. In honor of Chagas, a special session of the Berliner Medizinische Gesellschaft was called, at which the guest delivered a lecture on Chagas' disease. Professor Semaschko has done much toward reorganization of the Russian public health service. At a reception given in his honor at the Russian embassy, Professor Semaschko gave a short account of his reforms, from which I have taken the following statements:Therapy is not the main object, but the health of the people as a whole. The old régime tended to increase the incidence of environmental diseases; that is, diseases that are associated with poverty, low cultural development of the population, and lack of

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