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March 24, 1888

THE BILL (H. R. 1526) TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION OF CONTAGIOUS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TO ESTABLISH A BUREAU OF HEALTH.

JAMA. 1888;X(12):364-365. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400380016004

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Abstract

This is the title of a Bill now before the House of Representatives in Washington, and from some paragraphs in both the secular and medical press, we supposed it had been prepared for the purpose of covering the important recommendations made by the committee of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, several months since, and which we concisely stated in the leading article of this Journal for February 4, 1888. Those recommendations directly and strongly urged the establishment of a uniform system of maritime quarantine and health protection for the whole country under the National Government, instead of the present separate State quarantine arrangements. Without expressing any opinion of our own, we simply placed the several propositions of the committee before the readers of The Journal, and asked for them the careful attention demanded by the interests involved.

After examining the provisions of the Bill now before Congress, however, we find

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