The health program of New York State is new only in the sense that it has been newly drawn up and in that it outlines a development and integration of state and local services from a new perspective. During the past year the whole field of public health administration in the state has been the subject of intensive study by an authoritative commission appointed by Governor Roosevelt for the purpose. From this study a program of action was evolved.
There is precedent for the state to apply the principle of a periodic examination to her own problems. The first great impetus to public health work in New York arose from the studies and report of a special health commission appointed by the governor in 1913 under the chairmanship of the late Dr. Hermann M. Biggs. The recommendations of the 1913 commission were promptly enacted into law and have formed the
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