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December 12, 1885

COMPARISONS THAT ARE UNPROFITABLE, AND INFERENCES THAT ARE UNJUST.

JAMA. 1885;V(24):659-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391230015004

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Abstract

In another part of this Journal will be found the interesting address of Dr. J. E. Reeves, of Wheeling, West Virginia, as President of the American Public Health Association. While reading it with both pleasure and profit, the following sentence has again reminded us of the paper on "State Medicine" by Dr. Frank S. Billings, published in this Journal, of September 19, 1885. "A comparison," says Dr. Reeves, " of the liberal and wise provision made by some of the European powers for the promotion of sanitary science, and for enforcing its life-saving and wealth-producing precepts among all classes of the people, with the spasmodic, unreliable, and inefficient legislation on the same subject, in this rich and great country of ours, is, to say the least, not flattering to our national pride." From this and what follows relating to the same subject in the address, the legitimate inference would be that

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