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January 13, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(2):122-124. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640290052022

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Professor Bernard's Impressions of the United States  Dr. Léon Bernard, professor of hygiene at the Faculté de médecine of Paris, at the invitation of the Rockefeller Foundation visited the principal institutions in the United States that are concerned with the advancement of public health. Recently he presented to the Academy of Medicine an account of his visit.Bernard stated that the essential principle that lies at the basis of the organization of public health in the United States is that public health work should be administered by special functionaries termed "health officers." He emphasized particularly the large measure of authority exercised by these officers. Another thing that impressed Bernard was the fact that all the health officers are technicians, from the health officer of the village up to the state commissioner of public health. The state has organized special short courses to train small town health officers in the exercise

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