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August 25, 1894

THE PHYSICIAN AND THE STATE.Read in the Section on State Medicine, at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association held at San Francisco, June5-S, 1S94.

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JAMA. 1894;XXIII(8):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421130005001b

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" An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is a truth that can not be gainsaid. The Great Physician had that in view, when from Sinai's Mount he gave Moses the sanitary laws that were to govern the Hebrew children.

If laws for public health were necessary, then, how much more are they needed now. With the great advance in intelligence, ways of living have changed which call for better sanitary care. The onward march of civilization has blotted out the plague and pestilence of olden times, but with this new civilization have come new diseases, which must be controlled by the best scientific methods of the times. A large amount of the sickness that falls to the lot of humanity is preventable. The value of preventive medicine has been repeatedly proved. More people die of disease caused by neglect of the Jaws of health than by

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