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
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