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Article
February 27, 1909

ADVANTAGES AND DIFFICULTIES OF PUBLICITY IN CONNECTION WITH MUNICIPAL PUBLIC HEALTH WORK

Author Affiliations

Chief Health Officer RICHMOND, VA.

JAMA. 1909;LII(9):683-686. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420350009001c
Abstract

Education of the public is one of the most fundamental necessities in all public health work. Our efforts to reach the public are of two kinds: first, to educate them directly on matters of sanitation and personal hygiene, whereby they may be taught to do their share of the general work for the improvement of the public health, and, second, to acquaint them with the immediate work of their own local department of health. The first kind of publicity has been fully discussed both in the annual address of the President of the American Medical Association1 and in the report of the Board of Public Instruction of the same Association.2

I shall, therefore, confine myself to the second phase of the subject.

In our efforts to apply the teachings of sanitary science in our own community, we are constantly hampered by the passive opposition of ignorance and indifference

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