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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 17, 2013


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2013;309(15):1565. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.145375

The development of preventive medicine through proper sanitation and correct hygiene, public and personal, demands that the public be educated as thoroughly as possible in all the essentials. The public is also entitled to correct information concerning scientific medical progress. The readiest mean of attaining this is probably through the daily press. The newspapers are constantly giving increased space and attention to all public health and medical matters both for their news value and for the benefit of the public. They undoubtedly desire to have the matter they print correct, but frequently their attempts at describing medical matters are decidedly misinforming and even ludicrous.