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July 22, 1922

POLITICS AND THE HEALTH OFFICER

Author Affiliations

Deputy Commissioner of Health, State of New York NEW YORK

JAMA. 1922;79(4):272-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640040018006
Abstract

There can be no question that public health service as a career does not offer sufficient attraction to many of the best type of technically trained men, whether they are physicians, sanitary engineers or statisticians, to induce them to make it their life work. Although, in recent years, such men are entering the service in greater numbers than formerly, the need for thoroughly competent officials by states, counties and cities is far greater than the supply, and, it may be added, greater than the demand.

The reasons for this unpopularity of public health service are:

1. Lack of knowledge on the part of many graduates of the professional schools as to the character of the work, the opportunities afforded for developing it and the qualifications, technical and personal, which are essential to success. In order to furnish this information, it would seem desirable to introduce somewhere in the curriculum of

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