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The movement now in progress for the establishment of national control of the public health is no new thing: it may properly be designated as an acute manifestation of a disturbance of long standing, the prognosis of which, while doubtful at times, has some few hopeful signs. It began so long ago as 1871, when, at the annual session of this Association, resolutions were presented to the effect that, on the establishment of state boards of health by at least six states, steps should be taken to form a national health council, auxiliary to the Association as a section on hygiene. At the next meeting, suggestion of an appeal to the government to establish a national department of health to be supervised by the Association met with objection, but the committee to which the resolutions presented at the previous meeting had been referred was continued as the Section on State
HARRINGTON C. STATES' EIGHTS AND THE NATIONAL HEALTH. ORATION ON STATE MEDICINE AT THE FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AT CHICAGO, JUNE 2-5, 1908. JAMA. 1908;L(24):1953–1959. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310500001001
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