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February 20, 1892

Public Health Department.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(8):241. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411120029013

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Abstract

Wissinoming, Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 1, 1892.

Hon. M. S. Quay, United States Senator:

My Dear Sir.  —Permit me, as a member of the American Medical Association, to invite your special attention to the Bill introduced by Senator Sherman, providing for a National Bureau of Health, and the appointment of a Cabinet Secretary of State Medicine.The importance of the measure can hardly be overestimated. You know what vaccination has done towards protection against small-pox (even for your own constituents in Philadelphia), and what quarantine does in protecting us against yellow fever and similar invasions. Now, sir, our profession, and especially members of the American Medical Association, stand prepared to prove that the dreadful disease, diphtheria, and many similarly destructive pestilences, only exist in our midst because concerted action, properly directed, cannot be enforced. With the appointment of a National Secretary, we could be assured of useful application of all the

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