December 17, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1876-1877. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500250046012

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That a physician should take an interest in public affairs and should do his duty as a citizen interested in the maintenance of good government and public morals, has always been advocated by The Journal. Under normal conditions he is honored for so doing. The public appreciates good service of this kind, and he does not lose, either professionally or financially, on account of his public spirit. Occasionally, however, in abnormal communities, one may suffer for well-doing, and virtue be its own and only reward. Hurley, Wisconsin, appears to be such a place. Chiefly owing to the efforts of a public-spirited physician, an appalling state of official moral rottenness was exposed, resulting in the interference by the highest state authority, and in the removal from office of certain of the offending officials. Public sentiment, however, was strongly with the offenders. The physician was removed from his position as health officer,

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