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October 31, 1908

A National Department of Health.

JAMA. 1908;LI(18):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540180049014

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Chicago, Oct. 19, 1908.

To the Editor:  —The editorial, "President Roosevelt and a Department of Public Health," published in The Journal, October 17, while valuable in certain respects, is to my mind misleading in other directions, due principally to unintentional oversight, no doubt, or omission to include other interesting details. If you would kindly refer to the platforms of at least four of the national parties, then compare and publish same, etc., some of us would be more enlightened on this subject. In other words, do not leave unsaid or unpublished that which might with equal propriety and dignity appear in an editorial. While this measure, or campaign on this one particular subject, is non-partisan in so far as it relates to the welfare and the happiness of the American people, and the desirability of obtaining a Department of Health, yet. personally, I may be permitted to state that my

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