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August 28, 1909

THE SCOPE OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINECHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON PREVENTIVE MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, ATLANTIC CITY, 1909.

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Surgeon United States Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service NEW ORLEANS

JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):665-666. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550090001001

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Abstract

There is—there can be—no higher specialty in medicine than that for which this Section stands, and we must present this to the public in such unmistakable terms that full recognition shall be accorded both to the sanitarian and to the profession as a whole, for neither can stand alone, as I hope presently to show. It is sheer waste of ability and time for the members of this Section to tell each other what they already know, and even the general distribution of new matter by the pioneers of the Section can not, in the nature of things, be so broadly useful as the same character of work would be, and is, in our truly great medical Section. Our greatest function, it seems to me, lies in the fact that we are the connecting link between that great medical body which handles the vast majority of the diseases we would

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