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October 15, 1887

SCIENTIFIC COLLECTIVE INVESTIGATION OF DISEASE.Read in Section on State Medicine, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

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JAMA. 1887;IX(16):486-491. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400150006001b

The purpose of this paper is to suggest how "collective investigation of disease" may be put upon a more scientific basis than is usually attempted, to urge the importance of such scientific investigations, and to point out how they may be equitably maintained, through the coöperation of physicians and governments. A few illustrations of what has already been accomplished will also be mentioned.

The term "Collective Investigation of Disease" has been employed by the British Medical Association to designate a method of investigation inaugurated by that Association in 1881, but urged by Dr. Arthur Ransom in a paper before that Association in 1864. The movement was favored by Professor Humphry, Sir William Gull, Sir James Paget and others. Referring to the first number of the "Collective Investigation Record," Dr. William Roberts said: "No one can read it attentively without acquiring a feeling almost amounting to a conviction that the movement