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February 14, 1903


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JAMA. 1903;XL(7):422-425. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490070008001a

The subject I have chosen is one on which I have reflected for some time, but I must confess at the outset that I have not given it the deep study and research required for its thorough and exhaustive treatment, so that these few remarks must be considered simply as preliminary in character with a view to stimulating both you and myself to a deeper study of the subject and a compilation of statistics and other facts bearing on it.

In discussing this and other interesting subjects in this Section, it is well for us to recall the real object to be attained and for which this Section on Hygiene and Sanitary Science has been established as one of the principal deliberative sections of the American Medical Association.

What is the object of hygiene and sanitary science? What can it be, except the elimination of preventable disease? Now this warfare

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