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JAMA Revisited
July 11, 2017

The Relative Values of Public Health ProceduresCharles V. Chapin, M.D., Superintendent of Health, Providence, R. I.

JAMA. 2017;318(2):204. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.5059

What constitute the most effective lines of effort is the most vital question confronting every public health administrator. Money is the measure of most effort, and appropriations are limited. In what way shall the appropriation for the health department be expended so as to save the most lives and prevent the most sickness? Are our municipal health departments making the best apportionment of their funds? Are health officials devoting the most effort to that which will best conserve the health of the people? If any city is doing this, it has a model health department.

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