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November 27, 1909

The Attempt to Degrade the Sanitary Service at the Isthmus

Author Affiliations

Secretary, Committee on Medical Legislation.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(22):1838. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550220050015

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The following correspondence, which explains itself, is commented on editorially in this issue:

Hon. James R. Mann:

Dear Sir:  The attention of the Committee on Medical Legislation of the American Medical Association has been called to H. R. 5155, introduced by you in the House of Representatives, providing for the government of the Canal Zone and the construction of the Panama Canal. An examination of the bill shows that in Section 3, providing for the organization of the canal board, no provision is made for a chief sanitary officer of the same rank as the director, chief engineer and governor. The result of the adoption of the bill in its present form would evidently be the subordination of the sanitary department to the position which it occupied under the first canal board. I am sure that this was not your intention, in view of the great importance of the sanitary

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