A potent cause of unsatisfactory results in public health work is found in the vague ideas often entertained among officials, private physicians and the people generally, relative to the powers and duties of health departments. There is often a clearer perception of the object to be attained than of the means to that end. Very few physicians have more than a hazy notion of the science of sanitation. Education in this line is emphatically lacking, and the importance of the subject is little recognized. The Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association recommended that out of a course of 4,100 hours only 120, or less than 3 per cent. should be divided between this great subject and medical economics and medical jurisprudence. Considering the fact that this council speaks for the leading American medical schools, it is not strange that we find great ignorance among our
HEMENWAY HB. THE LIMITATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION. JAMA. 1909;LIII(9):666–670. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550090002002
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