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March 28, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(13):631. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430650033005

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Information comes to us from New York that the State Board of Health is aiding in a movement to secure the reëstablishment of a National Board of Health, believing it to be for the best interests of the various States, in warding off invasion of epidemic diseases. Secretary B. T. Smelzer, M. D., has received a letter from the aged Dr. Stephen Smith, of New York City, as chairman of a sub-committee of the New York Academy of Medicine, which is considering a bill to be laid before Congress upon the matter.

Dr. Smith says an effort is being made to secure the united action of all medical organizations interested in such legislation on the proposed bill, which has been prepared by the committee of the Academy. When this bill is matured and approved by the profession it is proposed to make it public and invite the coöperation of all

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