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The evident tendency in the direction of public education along hygienic and sanitary lines has received another striking illustration in the case of the Alabama State Board of Health, which, during January, held a series of conferences on public health and sanitary questions in the larger cities throughout the state. The conferences were open to the public as well as to physicians, clergymen, municipal officers and teachers. Dr. W. H. Sanders, the state health officer, in the circular announcing the series of meetings, says: "Face to face meetings of all persons officially concerned in protecting the public health and a full interchange of views will unquestionably promote harmony and cooperation among such officials, of which conservative action the people will be the grateful beneficiaries.... Meetings of the kind contemplated have not hitherto been held in this state. The opportunities that lie before such gatherings for accomplishing good are practically boundless.
ALABAMA BOARD OF HEALTH TO EDUCATE THE PEOPLE. JAMA. 1908;L(11):883–884. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530370049012
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