Custom and precedent make it possible for the chairman of a section of the American Medical Association to develop his address either from the strictly scientific or from the more philosophic point of view. In choosing the latter course one may assume the rôle of a historian, describing past or recent trends; a reporter, recording present status; or an amateur prophet, dealing with next steps. In spite of the hazards of attempting to chart the unknown medical "seas" of the future, thirty years' experience, including private practice, the teaching of preventive medicine, the administration of state, county and local health work, and more recently the field of industrial hygiene, have made possible a few brief suggestions as to some of our immediate objectives in the further organization and administration of preventive and industrial medicine and public health.
The dividing line between curative and preventive medicine in the future
BRISTOL LD. PREVENTIVE AND INDUSTRIAL MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH: NEXT STEPS IN ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS. JAMA. 1937;109(4):245–247. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780300001001
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