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Dean Wigmore says in his introduction, "This book is a sign and a product of the times." It is an attempt to set forth the principles of the law as applied to community health as a public function. It endeavors to answer several important questions, among these being whether the law as it has been handed down to us can meet the necessities of applied science, that is, whether the old and settled principles of law will serve our modern knowledge of sanitation; whether present-day questions of public health call merely for a new application of old principles or for their destruction and the creation of new ones, and whether the attempt to legislate for the benefit of the public health is but a changed phase of the conflict between individual liberty and the general welfare. The book further attempts to make law and science better acquainted and to make
Legal Principles of Public Health Administration.. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(20):1679. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570460055033