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June 4, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(23):1835-1840. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550490001001

In view of the present active crusade for increased efficiency in all lines, I feel it pardonable to bring to your attention at this time some matters pertaining to health. Not that I can add to your knowledge of the subject, but only by frequent iteration is it possible to impress on the public mind the importance of these questions. General information is only of slight value, beyond adding to our self-complacency, and deluding ourselves as to what we really know. It is only when we analyze our information that we learn how vague our ideas are.

Hence my plea for indulging in a somewhat frayed-out topic is, that in reviewing the literature of our state and national health conditions, one is struck with two great truths: first, how enormous has been the success in dealing with many dread diseases, such as smallpox, plague, typhoid fever, cholera and yellow fever,

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