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The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Federal Public Health Service
June 30, the Reichsgesundheitsamt, or federal public health bureau, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It was for a long time the only federal board in the field of public health service. As recently as 1918, a special subdepartment of public health was created within the federal ministry of the interior, under the directorship of a former representative of the Reichsgesundheitsamt. Germany has no federal ministry of public health, in accordance with the historical development of the German reich. The German reich is a federation composed of several states, each of which has its own government. Before the revolution, every state had its own ruling monarch. Since the revolution, every state has been administered by a group that has its center in the parliament. The enactment of laws and their execution rest with the officials of the individual states. Consequently a federal board
BERLIN. JAMA. 1926;87(6):427–428. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680060051020
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