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August 30, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(9):698-700. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660090044017

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The Practitioner in Relation to Public Health  A new journal, the Mouvement sanitaire, referred to Dr. E. Roux, director of the Pasteur Institute, the question as to what constitutes the function of a medical hygienist. Dr. Roux discusses the reasons why in France it is difficult to secure the introduction and enforcement of hygienic measures. The principal reason lies in the individualism of the French, who are loath to yield to hygienic discipline for the sake of the common welfare (The Journal, Feb. 26, 1921, p. 601). It would seem as if the real teachers of public health principles would be the physicians. They have entrance to the family fireside and are acquainted with the individual members of the family. They see what conditions prevail in the homes, and they are in a better position than any one else to give advice with respect to hygienic management. Their duty does

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