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December 6, 1919

RIO DE JANEIRO

JAMA. 1919;73(23):1783. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610490047024

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Abstract

Oct. 20, 1919.

Federal Ministry of Public Health  President Pessoa recently communicated to the house his desire to create a federal ministry of public health. The will presented to congress advises the taking over by the new ministry of all departments dealing with health matters, public sanitation, water supply and sewerage. In this way the secretaries of the interior and of public works will be relieved of excessive work.

Hospital for Mental Diseases  The secretary of the interior visited the asylum for mental and nervous diseases and found it overcrowded, there being 1,460 patients, although only 800 can be housed comfortably; he therefore resolved to found a colony for these unfortunates in one of the suburbs of Rio, and also to have an asylum built for criminal lunatics, both to have all modern improvements.

Influenza Number of the Archivos Brasileiros de Medicina  A special number of the Archivos Brasileiros de

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