Whenever a problem concerning the body politic or the stability of society or its well-being presents itself to the general public for solution, that general public has its interest aroused and held by sociologic societies, civic and women's clubs, pulpit speakers, chambers of commerce, newspapers and innumerable other agencies. This combined public interest points the way to the governing civic bodies and helps them to a greater or lesser degree in the matter of arriving at the most satisfactory solution.
Whenever a problem of public hygiene and health whether of white plague or black or red, whether of meningitis or acute infantile paralysis, confronts the minds of the public, that public turns instinctively to the opinions and plans of the medical advising and governing bodies for advice and direction.
In the matter of the first problem, leadership is never lacking; leaders are not slow in collecting in their wake a
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