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July 2, 1927


Author Affiliations

Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1927;89(1):4-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690010004002

I have been asked as Surgeon General of the federal Public Health Service and as representing the official health organizations of the country to discuss "The Relations of the Physician to Public Health." It is needless to say that any views I may present are only my own personal impressions, which may perhaps be of value because of the opportunities that have been afforded me by my official position during the past seven years and through a service of thirty-three years in different regions of our country to hear the opinions not only of public health officials but also of nonofficial workers, medical men in private practice, and the public in whose welfare we are all equally concerned.

As a matter of fact there is probably no unanimity of opinion throughout the profession; and, indeed, there must be so many varying factors, both personal and environmental, throughout the country which

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