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October 17, 1908

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AND A DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1908;LI(16):1338-1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540160048007

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Abstract

During the International Congress on Tuberculosis a conference was held in Washington of those especially interested in the question of a national department of health. Among the organizations represented at this conference were the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Conference of State and Provincial Boards of Health, the Medical Department of the Army, the United States Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service, the Committee of One Hundred, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Child-Labor Committee, and the Organized Charities Association of New York.

The announcement was made at this meeting that President Roosevelt proposed, as one of his administration policies, the concentration into one department of the principal bureaus relating to public health, now scattered in different departments. A resolution was adopted heartily endorsing the President's plan. This decision of the President is both promising and encouraging, as the necessity of remedying present

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