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April 15, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1199-1200. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500420043007

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An edifying illustration of the general statement in our editorial of March 11 on the "Necessity of Special Training for Administrative Medical Work" is afforded by the present situation in Illinois. We pointed out in the editorial in question the need of expert knowledge and of special training for the administrative work of public institutions and of public boards. So palpable has been the deterioration of many public charitable institutions under the recurring political changes of the last dozen years that public opinion has compelled the introduction into the present legislature of a bill for a state merit law. As the agitation has been great enough to pledge both political parties and the governor of the state to such a measure, we may assume that a law will be secured which will protect all the appointments to the state public institutions from the control of politicians. This goes further than

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