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October 8, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(15):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670065026

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Changes in Administration of Public Health Service  Dr. Terburgh has reported on health conditions in the Netherlands and given some interesting data on the application of the laws concerning the practice of medicine. It has been about ten years since the "Law Pertaining to Hygiene" went into effect. This law reorganized the public health service of the Netherlands by abolishing the system of regional health officers and substituting a more centralized system. The health officers are now assigned to the whole country as their territory and the work is divided among them on a highly specialized basis. Among the legislative acts of the same period (up to 1930), mention may be made of the laws pertaining to the crusade against contagious diseases, the protection of nurses' diplomas, the use of means of disinfection, the preparation and the sale of serums and vaccines, the practice of medicine, and the practice of

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