March 12, 1898


Author Affiliations

Diphtheria Expert, Chicago Health Department; Instructor in Diphtheria and Physiology, Northwestern Medical School. CHICAGO, ILL.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(11):596-600. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440630022001j

The prevention of disease is the province of the municipal health department. The treatment of disease is in the hands of the medical profession whose members have spent time and money to acquire the necessary knowledge, and who stand within that sacred circle of domestic confidence essential in the treatment of disease.

The only tenable ground the munipal health department can take is that of assisting the family physician and there should be no friction between them. The health officer should be careful not to infringe upon the prerogatives of the family physician, who should be high-minded and generous enough to commend the enforcement of public hygiene and respect a power that is greater and broader than his for the prevention of disease.

The improvement of a race or species can only be accomplished during its period of development. No scientific mind can study the effect of ptomain poisoning on

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