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November 27, 1909

Free Use of the Mails for Literature on Public Health

Author Affiliations

Key West, Fla., State Health Officer of Florida.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(22):1837. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550220049013

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To the Editor:  —About two years ago an effort was made by the state health officer of Florida to obtain for the various State and Territorial boards of health of the United States the privilege of free service through the mails for the distribution within State and Territory lines of sanitary and health bulletins and matters connected therewith. The measure was formulated into House Bill No. 11,317 and introduced by Hon. S. M. Sparkman, representative from the First Congressional District of Florida. When this measure was first proposed, the state health officer of Florida wrote to every State and Territorial board of health asking their cooperation through their representatives in Congress. Encouraging replies were received from all. It was hoped that the measure would become a law, especially since Mr. Sparkman received decided encouragement in his interview on the subject with the Postmaster-General. Later on, however, Mr. Sparkman was informed

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