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October 9, 1915

THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH

JAMA. 1915;LXV(15):1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580150056021
Abstract

Anniversary and other formal public addresses before scientific audiences are likely to be reminiscent in character, reviewing the achievements of the past and sounding the praises of those who are responsible for them. An uncommon and distinctly meritorious feature in the recent address of Prof. W. T. Sedgwick, as president of the American Public Health Association, is the frank and vigorous presentation, not only of the record of American progress in public health work but also of some of its shortcomings and failures.1 A few of the latter deserve to be brought to the attention of a larger medical audience because they involve aspects of our daily life which are of primary concern to the physician and regarding which he may properly be expected to assume an attitude of vigorous advocacy. Usually it takes considerably more courage and initiative to condemn inertia or indifference in public authorities than to

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