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April 2, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(14):1146-1147. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550400032006

The declaration of President Taft at the University of Pennsylvania last year that "certainly the economy of the union of all health agencies of the National Government in one bureau or department is wise" bids fair to find expression in law. This is shown by the bill introduced by Senator Owen, providing for a Department of Public Health. In advocating the bill,1 Senator Owen pleaded the law of precedent in accordance with which other departments have been created by assembling and coordinating pre-existing bureaus, and urged Congress to redeem the pledges on this subject made in the platforms of both the great political parties. He also pointed out the necessity of having a department with ample power, as the only means of conferring on the health agencies of the country such prestige and influence as would afford adequate protection to the people.

Senator Owen made some statements which tend

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