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November 7, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):1015. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970037005

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The sanitarians and public health men on this side of the Atlantic have recently given a decided impetus to bacteriologic work. At the meeting of the American Public Health Association in Montreal, Canada, two years ago, a proposition from its committee on the pollution of water supplies for a coöperative investigation into the bacteriology of water was approved by the Association, and Major Charles Smart, U. S. Army, was appointed chairman of a committee to carry the suggestion into practice. It was the intention that the committee when fully formed should consist of all those bacteriologists who were willing to coöperate in the investigation. Letters came promptly from the notable laboratories of the country manifesting interest in the proposition and expressing a desire to participate in the undertaking. Some men of large experience and more than national reputation, whose administrative duties prevented them from participating in laboratory work, heartily agreed

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