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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 17, 2005


JAMA. 2005;294(7):855. doi:10.1001/jama.294.7.855-c

The opportunity for public lectures on the subject of hygiene and prevention of disease in connection with the summer assemblies held at various points throughout the country is worthy of cultivation. An example lies before us in the illustrated announcement of the Rockford (Ill.) Chautauqua Assembly. Included in the program, which touches on every subject that might interest the popular audience, are several lectures on the tuberculosis problem by two physicians who are fully competent to speak thereon. Other assemblies have similar lectures, and we believe that if the authorities knew whom they could secure to give lectures of this kind there would be a much greater demand. Any county medical society, we think, will be able to recommend such speakers. In view of the public interest in medical matters, it is the duty of physicians to enlighten the public so that persons of immature or erratic ideas will not need to pose as exponents of the medical profession, as sometimes occurs. But—and this is important if criticism is to be avoided—great care must be taken by those who do this work that the methods adopted are strictly ethical.