If instead of writing a paper designed for a scientific group I were giving a sermon, I could think of no better text than item 1 from the platform of the American Medical Association as published in a number of issues of The Journal last year:
The establishment of an agency of the federal government under which shall be coordinated and administered all medical and health functions of the federal government exclusive of those of the Army and Navy.
Again, if this were a sermon, in adapting the text to my purposes I should need only to substitute the word state for federal. For this resolution seems to me an excellent one to apply to the agencies conducting affairs of public health within the states even as it was to apply within the structure of the federal government.
One may be inclined to qualify my use of "was" in respect
MOUNTIN JW. A PLEA FOR UNITY IN HEALTH ADMINISTRATION AT THE STATE LEVEL. JAMA. 1941;117(23):1958–1962. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820490032011
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