About six months ago at a meeting of the National Municipal League at Richmond, Va., I heard an interesting paper on "Economy and Efficiency in Health Administration" by S. M. Gunn, professor of sanitary biology and public health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Gunn rather severely and perhaps justly criticized medical health officers of the present day and then proceeded to prove that trained sanitarians should hold these positions. He said:
Apparent economy may be attained by an untrained man, but in most cases true economy, combined with efficiency, cannot be had unless the health administration is in the hands of an individual thoroughly trained in the sanitary arts... It cannot be expected that any one who has not received special training, or who has had merely the few hours of hygiene allotted to the subject in a medical school curriculum, is the proper person to be put
GEIER OP. MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY IN CIVIC BETTERMENT. JAMA. 1912;LIX(10):788–793. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090032010
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