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June 8, 1907

LAW, THE FOUNDATION OF STATE MEDICINE.ORATION ON STATE MEDICINE, DELIVERED AT THE FIFTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE, 1907.

Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. President of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. HARRISBURG, PA.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(23):1926-1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220490018001c

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Abstract

If I seek for a justification of your action in assigning to so humble an individual as myself the distinguished honor of delivering the oration on state medicine on the present occasion, I find it in the fact, perhaps known to many of you, that the state which I represent has recently placed on its statute book the most comprehensive and effective legislation for the protection of the public health ever enacted in any state in this country, and that, armed with these strong and well-conceived laws, we in Pennsylvania have been able to accomplish certain definite results which have attracted the attention of sanitarians in all parts of the United States.

The advances which have been made in Pennsylvania have undoubtedly had their counterpart all over the land, although not in so striking a degree. Everywhere the people, and therefore the legislatures, which are but the reflection of the

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