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September 30, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(14):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640140072028

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Senator Blocks Passage of New Public Health Law  The hopes of all those interested in hygiene and sanitary improvement were based on the new public health law, prepared by the best Spanish sanitarians. At the closing session of congress, the president of the senate called up the bill for passage. The pending law organizes and regulates the services of country physicians, granting them more responsibility. This, however, clashes with the platform advocated by others. An organization composed ostensibly of rural physicians succeeded in getting the ear of a senator, Sr. Sánchez y Sánchez, and when all the physicians who are members of the senate were rejoicing at the prospective passage of the bill, Sánchez arose and, taking advantage of the legal provision granting to any senator the right to ask for an absolute majority of affirmative votes before any law is approved, delivered a speech on the subject. He began

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