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December 14, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(24):2011-2012. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530240047008

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The oft repeated and perhaps generally accepted statement that it is impossible to arouse public opinion on sanitary questions is being strikingly refuted, as shown by the editorial notices given by papers throughout the country to the work which Dr. J. N. McCormack is doing in awakening public sentiment along these lines. During the past week one newspaper, commenting editorially on his address at Yale, says: "Dr. McCormack is not presenting anything new but is seeking to bring public interest to the point of action on conditions, the remedy for which is well understood, but which has not so fully appealed to public interest as to invoke the degree of action which is due." After commenting on some of Dr. McCormack's statements, especially those referring to contagious diseases and their effects, the editorial says: "There is no possible excuse for allowing these constant contributions to the death roll to go

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