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November 9, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(19):1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530190045010

In the work of the modern sanitarian educational measures are becoming a matter of continually increasing importance. This education needs to be carried out in three directions, the education of the people, of the medical profession and, of prime importance, the education of health officers themselves. The health officer in pursuit of his object, the prevention of disease, finds himself grappling with a problem of increasing complexity in which he must deal not only with material morbific influences but as well with economic, social and moral forces. He can no longer operate merely with a sulphur candle or with the simple legal instruments of placards and quarantine, but he comes in contact with society in such a way as to demand the greatest tact and the widest knowledge. A contemporary1 comments very forcibly on the lamentable conditions under which some health officers now obtain their positions and the miserable

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