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August 10, 1912

THE PROBLEM OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH

Author Affiliations

Surgeon-General, U. S. Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(6):413-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080095001
Abstract

When the historian of the future records the accomplishments of the decade in which we are now living he will no doubt call it "the sanitary renaissance," the period marked by a wide-spread desire to improve the conditions under which men and women work and live, an era in which our truly altruistic profession has instituted and led a movement for the physical salvation of mankind. We must not be blind to the fact, however, that we have sometimes confused change for the sake of change with real progress and that our impatience has sometimes obscured the main object of our quest. This does not apply solely to medicine, for whether it be in religion, politics, or public health, it sometimes seems as though all the enthusiasm is on the side of the champions of change. But not all change is progress and not all progress is change. The economic

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