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January 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(4):291-292. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300053023

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Visits of Professors Chagas and Semaschko  We have recently been visited by Professor Chagas, director of the public health service of Brazil and discoverer of the cause of Chagas' disease; also by Professor Semaschko, commissioner of the public health service of Russia. In honor of Chagas, a special session of the Berliner Medizinische Gesellschaft was called, at which the guest delivered a lecture on Chagas' disease. Professor Semaschko has done much toward reorganization of the Russian public health service. At a reception given in his honor at the Russian embassy, Professor Semaschko gave a short account of his reforms, from which I have taken the following statements:Therapy is not the main object, but the health of the people as a whole. The old régime tended to increase the incidence of environmental diseases; that is, diseases that are associated with poverty, low cultural development of the population, and lack of

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