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March 2, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(9):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520350057006

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The appointment of Col. W. C. Gorgas as a member of the Isthmian Canal Commission is of more than ordinary importance to the country and to the medical profession. At the time of the original organization of the Commission, in 1904, it will be remembered that the American Medical Association, through its Committee on Medical Legislation, made strong representations to the President, urging that Dr. Gorgas be made a member of the Commission.

The chief grounds on which the appointment was urged were: 1, that the sanitary problems at the Isthmus were strictly fundamental to the great enterprise; 2, that the officer placed in charge of a department of such paramount responsibility ought to have coördinate, if not autonomous, power in the executive body—in no event being made subordinate to those ignorant of the technical questions involved, and, 3, that the medical profession as such, by virtue of its intellectual,

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