The problems that I discuss are three of the most important that confront public health officers today. There is no implication that these three are the only ones, but in my opinion they are among the greatest. Nor are they new, though I should say that their solution or at least partial solution is imperative, and I think it will be admitted that a coordinated effort would do much to solve them.
Concentration on a single objective is acknowledged to be the best method of attaining an end; dissipation of effort leads inevitably to lost motion and defeats success. Therefore the selection of three problems from among a great number simplifies matters; an attempt to consider more of them at a time would lead to confusion.
I have chosen the problems of drug addiction, rabies and the venereal diseases. And while I might have taken tuberculosis in place of rabies,
DOWLING O. THREE GREAT NATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS. JAMA. 1925;85(7):484–488. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670070004002
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