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February 10, 1894

The New York Academy of Medicine and the Public Health Bill.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(6):197-198. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420850025013

To the Editor:  The Journal for Dec. 30, 1892, reported the action taken by the Chicago Medical Society regarding the request of the New York Academy of Medicine to coöperate with it in securing the enactment of a public health bill, and stated that the Society refused this coöperation because the bill did not accomplish the purposes implied by its title, and in general, " the criticisms on this bill might be almost indefinitely extended." Yet Dr. J. H. Girdner, apparently speaking as a representative for the Academy of Medicine, appeared before the Congressional Committee who were considering the bill, and misrepresented the position of the Chicago Society by the statement that its opposition to the bill was based on the ground that the latter was not radical enough. When asked where the Marine Hospital Service was weak, and in what particulars it did not cover the work outlined

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