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July 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(3):227-228. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540030049006

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The Democratic National Convention adopted a plank in its platform endorsing the organization of all existing national public health agencies into a national bureau of public health. The Republican National Convention adopted a similar, but less specific plank on the same subject. With both of the leading political parties committed by their platform declarations to advance legislation along sanitary lines, there should be no difficulty in securing the introduction and consideration of a bill in Congress in the near future for an adequate national health bureau or department.

Recent advances in scientific medicine; public recognition of sanitary victories, such as the stamping out of yellow fever in New Orleans and Havana and the suppression of the bubonic plague in San Francisco; greatly increased public interest in health matters, as shown by the successful campaigns for pure food and against dangerous drugs; the increasing desire of the people for trustworthy information

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