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March 19, 1910

A Department of Public Health

JAMA. 1910;LIV(12):985-987. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550380065012

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

United States Senate,

Washington, D. C., Feb. 23, 1910.

Dr. Charles A. L. Reed, Chairman of the Legislative Committee, American Medical Association.

My Dear Doctor Reed:  —I greatly appreciate your courteous letter of the 18th inst. I am aware that there has been objection made to establishing a new cabinet officer, but I am unable to believe that the magnitude and importance of this subject has been realized by those who seem to think that a cabinet officer is too great a position for the officer responsible for safeguarding the public health, and that a subordinate bureau should suffice.I called attention in the United State Senate a year ago (June 15, 1909) to the abnormal death-rate in the United States as compared to the death-rate in New Zealand and in the Australian states, where they have

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