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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 22 2008


JAMA. 2008;300(16):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.300.16.1951

The Democratic National Convention adopted a plank in its platform endorsing the organization of all existing national public health agencies into a national bureau of public health. The Republican National Convention adopted a similar, but less specific plank on the same subject. With both of the leading political parties committed by their platform declarations to advance legislation along sanitary lines, there should be no difficulty in securing the introduction and consideration of a bill in Congress in the near future for an adequate national health bureau or department.