The U. S. Public Health Service is a medical organization. Its commissioned corps is composed entirely of doctors of medicine recruited from the ranks of the general profession. Its paramount duty may he said to be the conservation and improvement of the health of the inhabitants of this country, to the extent that the powers and facilities conferred and afforded by Congress make this possible. In performing this duty this service makes use of medical knowledge, the heritage of the centuries of patient and careful observation and experiment which our professional forebears have handed down to us and which we are all endeavoring to perfect and expand. I have made these statements to emphasize the fact that in appearing before this section as a representative of the Public Health Service I come as a medical man representing a medical body—one which shares the traditions, the training, the aspirations and, it
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