[Read before the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting held at Detroit November 14, 1883.]
Mr. President:—I propose a few inquiries into the truth of a proposition which I consider vitally important not only to the State, but to the general interest of every social institution. The proposition to which I allude may, with some convenience, perhaps, be expressed in the following terms:
Without obedience to the laws of health, it is impossible to secure the highest culture of the citizen—physical, moral and intellectual—and perpetuate the prosperity, freedom, and glory of the State.
Should I succeed in establishing the truth of this proposition, the labor of sanitarians will be more justly appreciated, as well as the immense agency exerted by State Boards of Health amid the restless activity and excitements of the social and political elements of our advancing and complex civilization.
The principles of sanitary science are
REEVES JE. THE EMINENT DOMAIN OF SANITARY SCIENCE, AND THE USEFULNESS OF STATE BOARDS OF HEALTH IN GUARDING THE PUBLIC WELFARE. JAMA. 1883;I(21):612–618. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390210008001a
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