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April 7, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(14):1134-1135. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690410046020

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The Demand for a Separate Ministry of Public Health  A ministry of public health was created for the first time, five years ago, under the Poincaré ministry, and its head was Senator Paul Strauss, member of the Academy of Medicine, well know for his interest in problems of hygiene and social welfare. He served for two years and introduced several reforms. But the ministry of M. Poincaré fell, and his successor, as an economy measure, combined in one department the ministries of public health and labor. Since the fusion, the ministry of labor has overshadowed the department of health. The public health services have become, during the past three years, disorganized, although M. Justin Godard has saved something of the former organization by creating the Office national d'hygiène. The bad effects of the disorganization can be observed. Before the Academy of Medicine, M. Marchoux of the Pasteur Institute stated recently

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