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August 1, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(5):414. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540050054013

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In his speech accepting the Republican nomination for President, Mr. Taft says: "I have long been of the opinion that the various agencies of the national government established for the preservation of the national health, scattered through several departments, should be rendered more efficient by uniting them in a bureau of the government under a competent head, and that I understand to be, in effect, the recommendation of both parties." There is probably no one better informed regarding the details of organization of the federal government than Mr. Taft, nor any one better qualified to understand the advantages to the public and the nation which would accrue from uniting all of our national public health agencies into a single compact organization. Mr. Taft's record as an executive officer is ample guarantee of action on this question, should he be elected president. As the Democratic national convention at Denver adopted a

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