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March 21, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(12):968-969. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530380040012

A member of the Committee on Medical Legislation, comments this week1 on the work recently accomplished in Ohio, where 105 physicians went to the state convention as delegates of one of the leading parties, the result being that, for the first time in the history of this country, a state convention adopted a platform containing a declaration in favor of the organization of a national department of health. It is hardly necessary to say that such a plank would never have been adopted had not a large number of physicians been sitting as members of the convention with the right to vote. This is in marked contrast to the attitude of the medical profession heretofore, which has been to send committees to stand without and to plead for desired legislation. Physicians hereafter, if the example of Ohio is of any value, will work and vote for needed reforms as