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October 13, 1923


Author Affiliations

Secretary, California State Board of Health SACRAMENTO, CALIF.

JAMA. 1923;81(15):1247-1250. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650150001001

From a theoretical standpoint, the practice of medicine bears the same relationship to public health today that it did twenty years ago. Actually, the changes that have occurred in this relationship are extremely drastic. In recent years a new social point of view has developed, but most practitioners are apparently unaware of the awakening of the nation's social conscience and of the new demands on the profession that must naturally follow. It is my purpose in this paper to outline the more recent development of the demand for public health protection and the general trend of its fulfilment.

The advancement of learning in America is the most outstanding achievement of the age in which we live. We are in the midst of an enlightened public opinion. Our educational systems have become so extensive that even our recently arrived immigrants have little or no difficulty in securing at least the rudiments

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