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November 9, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(19):1533-1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760450053019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 12, 1935.

Too Much Administrative Work  In his presidential address to the Society of Medical Officers of Health, Dr. W. G. Savage said that when the public health service of today was compared with that before the war, it was found that on the whole the work was less interesting and less stimulating. It was likely to become even less so if developments took place along the lines which experience suggested as possible. The tendency was for the senior men, those who had become heads of their departments, to become more and more purely administrators. It was a commonplace that the function of public health was preventive. While they had their feet planted on the broad road of preventive medicine, they were being induced and officially directed to squander their energies by incursions into side roads which, while occasionally profitable, prevented progress to their

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