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July 24, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(4):213-215. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680040001001

At no time in the world's history has there been, as now, such widespread recognition of the paramount importance of the public health to the welfare and happiness of the people. Nations, states, communities, official and nonofficial agencies, and hosts of individuals are demanding and obtaining the adoption of measures and means for the protection and betterment of physical and mental health to an extent that could not have been considered possible a quarter of a century ago. The growth of public health activities constitutes one of the striking phenomena and characteristics of the present generation. Public health has become the password which opens national doors to those who would promote also the cause of religion, education and international trade. It is the one subject which internationals, however uncongenial and mutually suspicious, can and do discuss without acrimony, political chicanery and hostility engendered in real or fancied wrongs. It is