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November 27, 1926

The National Government and Public Health.

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By James A. Tobey, M.S., LL.B. The Institute for Government Research, studies in administration. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 423. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1926.

JAMA. 1926;87(22):1854. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220070032

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All the various departments of our government seem to have some health functions. The problem is one that has given concern both to statesmen and to students in the care of public health for many years. As in all such matters, the necessity for a clear understanding of existing functions before adequate solution, greater efficiency and the avoidance of duplication of effort can be achieved, is obvious. Such a survey is here presented as a thesis toward a doctor's degree in public health. Simultaneously the work is an official document for the use of a special committee which has been considering the coordination of the health functions of the national government. The book begins with an historical account of public health in the United States, including the views of various presidents, congressional enactments, Supreme Court decisions, and the relation of local and state functions to the federal government. It then

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