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February 23, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(8):650-651. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700340050016

Programs for reform or human betterment call for many contributory factors: there must be due appreciation of the situations that are involved, adequate information of the needs to be met, and study of the forces that obstruct and the provisions that may be expected to overcome resistance. Success calls for enthusiasm on the part of the promoters, usually for intense, protracted effort in the face of reactionary beliefs or traditional indifferences. In the domain of public health as in other realms of humanitarian effort labor, no doubt, brings its own rewards. Regardless of how one may interpret this platitude, a concrete evidence of progress, a definite proof that the objective desired is being approached, affords the most satisfying as well as the most stimulating encouragement to the pioneer. From this point of view there is much that is heartening in many of the records of man's conquest of disease and

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