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This organization has been in session during the past week in connection with the International Sanitary Congress, as will be seen elsewhere in the columns of the Journal. It has arrived at its majority. This is its twenty-first annual meeting. The necessity for such an Association was felt immediately after the war by those who had been trained in the military service and had subsequently been called to act as health officials in a civil capacity. The war demonstrated the importance of preventive medicine. A fighting force has to be kept in fighting condition.
Textbooks on sanitary science were few, and the best of them were not adapted to the civic health officer. Each such health officer practically was acting independently. The necessity for bringing together, in one body, those interested in sanitary matters, for the purpose of inaugurating measures for the restriction and prevention of contagious diseases and for
THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1893;XXI(16):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420680031006
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