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December 8, 1945

Government in Public Health

JAMA. 1945;129(15):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860490079030

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If civil government is to become a field for scientific inquiry and analysis with the result that public services for health may be carried out at local, state and federal levels on a rational and logical basis instead of by political, financial and in fact emotional opportunism it will be because there are students, practitioners and authors with the courage, imagination and sound philosophy of American citizenship shown by Dr. Mustard.

We can go far and fast with the new potencies of preventive medicine as a partner of civil government if our legislators and the elected officers of local and state governments will take to heart the problems and disabilities inherent in our triangle of authority and expenditures for the public health, so tersely presented by Dr. Mustard. Here we have history of past events, their successes and failures, coupled with current experience of the administrator, the student and the

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