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May 25, 1918


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JAMA. 1918;70(21):1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600210051023

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To the Editor:  —The celebration of Public Health Day in Philadelphia, May 1, 1918, concerning which a news item appeared in The Journal, May 4, excited considerable local interest in the subject of sanitation and the question of improving the national physique. It has been decided more recently by Dr. Krusen, director of public health and charities, to carry on follow-up work in the different sections of the city.In view of the great importance of physical fitness of the civilian population, especially during the present critical period, I would suggest that a national public health day be celebrated as soon as practicable. In this connection, it is to be recollected that the percentage of rejections among our recruits (29 per cent.) is, sadly enough, too high, and a country-wide, systematic effort should be made to reduce it as rapidly as possible.In this way a propaganda, having for its

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