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June 8, 1912

SOME RECENT CONTRIBUTIONS BY THE U. S. PUBLIC HEALTH AND MARINE-HOSPITAL SERVICE TO PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

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Director Hygienic Laboratory, U. S. P. H. and M.-H. Service WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(23):1748-1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060097005
Abstract

The object of my paper is to set forth some of the recent contributions made by the U. S. Public Health Service to our knowledge of the cause and control of communicable diseases. The great Pasteur in a prophetic moment declared that "it is in the power of man to cause all parasitic diseases to disappear from the world." While his prophecy, in the glow of his epoch-making discoveries, may have seemed to him possible of early and perhaps easy fulfilment, we now know in the light of our greater knowledge of this class of diseases that the fulfilment still lies a long way into the future. Nevertheless, there have been made, in recent years, great advances in our knowledge of the cause, means of transmission and control of communicable diseases, and I shall set forth as briefly as possible in what manner the Public Health Service has helped in

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