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The annual report of the Surgeon-General of the United States Public Health Service for the fiscal year 1913 really is only a mere outline of the work of the department for the year, the full accounts of its wide and varied activities being contained in numerous bulletins and other publications issued from time to time. In the one hundred and fifteen years of its existence the service has rapidly grown, especially during recent years, both in the extent of scientific work and in the practical application of the knowledge so gained to the welfare of the people. It is doubtful whether the average citizen has any real conception of the extent or the great value of the achievements of the service.
It is worthy of note that not one case of cholera occurred in the whole of the Philippine Islands during the year, and only a few cases of plague,
THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE. JAMA. 1914;LXII(15):1173-1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560400041021