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March 8, 1884

THE IMPORTANCE OF SANITATION.A PAPER READ BEFORE THE FIRST MEETING OF THE OHIO STATE SANITARY ASSOCIATION, COLUMBUS, OHIO, FEBRUARY 14-15, 1884.

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PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, LONDON, OHIO.

JAMA. 1884;II(10):253-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350001001

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Gentlemen of the Association:—Being under the impression that we of the medical profession have failed to secure such recognition of the necessity for sanitary laws and regulations, both State and national, as we earnestly feel should be enacted and maintained, the question naturally arises as to the cause of this apathy, or carelessness, or neglect, on the part of our law-making power? I believe that this is chiefly due to the fact that our efforts have been heretofore too often misdirected, by not addressing ourselves to the people more directly, instead of to the officials, who are, in point of fact, only temporary incumbents generally. A legislator, whether in high or low official position, has one desire that is paramount to all others, and that desire is to not be relegated to private life again. He is willing, and even anxious, to do that thing that he beliveves the majority

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