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July 29, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(5):378-379. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300046021

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The Chaotic Organization of Hygiene in France  Dr. Hazemann publishes in the Mouvement sanitaire the report of an inquiry into the results secured by French hygienic legislation, which he says are not in proportion to the expenditure of money and effort. Countless laws have been passed concerning the various branches of hygiene—from the crusade against infectious diseases down to the care of the child, the mother, the infirm, the aged and the workers. All require the creation of organizations and the appointment of special officers, which is expensive. Many organizations constitute duplication of effort. Others are working at cross purposes. The inadequacy of the results is due less to a lack of good will and clearsightedness than to a veritable administrative chaos. For example, vacation colonies for children have been scattered over France with little thought as to the choice of the most favorable places for their location. All these

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