The introduction into the Senate by Mr. Owen of a bill proposing the establishment of a Department of Health, which we printed three weeks ago1 and the correspondence between Senator Owen and Dr. Charles A. L. Reed, printed on another page of this issue2 seem to indicate that a movement for a Department, rather than a Bureau of Health, is taking shape in Congress; at least the cause has a staunch champion in the Senate. This is gratifying, since it is known that Senator Owen's bill was not prompted either by the American Medical Association or by the great lay movement represented by the Committee of One Hundred—the two organizations that have come to be recognized as the natural sponsors of all manifestoes in behalf of advanced health legislation. The measure is therefore to be accepted as additional evidence of popular interest in a movement of deep and vital concern to the people.
A DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. JAMA. 2010;303(12):1207. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.243