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With a politician at the head of the Health Department of New York City, it is not surprising that such a bulletin should emanate from such a source. That in its application it is impracticable, we have already shown. Indeed it is easy to assume the rôle of objective and even of destructive criticism when difficult problems are involved, and to demonstrate the errors involved, but it is another thing to point out with unerring certainty the better plans and the methods to success.
While criticising its methods, The Journal desires to emphasize its approval of the purpose of this municipal legislation. Imperfect as its work may be it is nevertheless expressive of the right intent.
A great fact underlies this action which is of great importance to the citizen and to the State.
It involves this fact, that municipalities are charged with the surveillance of the health of its
WITH RIGHT INTENT. JAMA. 1889;XIII(5):166–167. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401040022006
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