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April 14, 1888

THE PUBLIC AND PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1888;X(15):463-464. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400410019003

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Abstract

Desired advances in public health reforms and legislation can scarcely be hoped for in a country of universal suffrage until the public, and especially the leaders of the public, are educated up to the point of knowing what public health, in its broadest sense, means, and until it is made plain to them that the whole matter may be reduced to one of dollars and cents. Business men are always ready and willing to listen to any one who can show them how dollars and cents may be made and saved. The public press, recognizing this fact, is always willing to publish anything that will show people how to save or make money.

But the public and the press want something more than ambiguous statements; they want facts and figures, that carry conviction on their face. It is not enough to tell them that certain sanitary reforms and measures have

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