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October 25, 1924


Author Affiliations

La Plata, Md. Deputy State Health Officer.

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1354-1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170070031

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To the Editor:  —The thoughts suggested by the following paragraphs, taken from a communication to The Journal (September 11, p. 861) by Dr. F. M. Wood, are worthy of discussion:The public health propaganda in every community is now bringing into medical practice... an army of untrained, hair-brained cultists and faddists, working in and through the public schools and free clinics.Free public health work now being carried on in city, state and nation is surely subversive of the best interests of the profession, and a menace to the proper practice of medicine.The Sheppard-Towner law secures free advice monthly for expectant mothers through the federal Labor Bureau. Free venereal clinics for men and women, free examinations of children in public schools, and free tuberculosis clinics complicate the picture of the gradual socialization of medicine. Is it any more right that city, state and nation should invade the field of

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