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February 21, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(8):203-204. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390830007001c

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[Read in Section of State Medicine and Hygiene, American Medical Association, May, 1884.]

The development of preventive medicine into a full science, to the assistance of which chemistry, microscopy and other aids of research have been invoked, is an event of our own time. This study brings our profession into closer contact with the masses than does perhaps any other department of medicine. The work of instructing the community on sanitary topics has been pushed so far that disease is now generally recognized as the necessary result of violation of natural laws, although some superstitious ideas still survive. The multiplication of official boards of health and the general acquiescence of the public in the decisions of these bodies are so many testimonies to an increased appreciation of hygiene. The medical press, the means by which the profession disseminates its scientific information, is practically unavailable for distributing it among the masses;

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