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February 12, 1898

A Genuine Department of Health versus Psychic Sanitary Measures; Which?

JAMA. 1898;XXX(7):387. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440590047012

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Chicago, Feb. 7, 1898.

To the Editor:  —I was curious to learn the purport and meaning of the "Caffery Bill," pertaining to legislation for the hygienic welfare of the people of this county and, after reading the same as published in the Journal (February 5, pages 330-331), I can say that I am utterly opposed to this substitute bill.To my mind this substitute bill is not what the medical profession nor the great majority of the people of this country desire. It has very little semblance looking toward the establishment of a genuine department of health as a separate branch of our government, and I will venture the prophecy that the views of 90 per cent, of the members of the medical profession throughout the United States are not in accord with this proposed substitute bill which has been suggested to take the place of the bill that has

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