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November 16, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1680. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200038011

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As a rule, the physician fully realizes his obligation as a citizen to take an active interest in the affairs of the community, particularly so far as they concern matters of public health. In the smaller cities and rural districts the doctor naturally finds his influence larger than can be the case in more metropolitan communities, and his responsibility is, therefore, proportionately increased. It is not uncommon to find the physician taking an active part in politics, but the recent election in New Jersey furnished an unusual instance of political activity among the members of the medical profession. No less than seven cities of that state, namely, Paterson, Trenton, Atlantic Highlands, Summit, Rahway, Frenchtown, and Washington, elected physicians as mayors. Evidently the people of New Jersey propose to safeguard their health if it can be done by choosing experts in this line to execute their laws.

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