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In connection with the celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal, it was fitting that Surgeon-General Rupert Blue of the Public Health Service should be elected to the highest office within the gift of the Association at the San Francisco session. The attention being given to improvement of the public health renders significant the selection at this time of a public health officer. General Blue represents an arm of the federal government which is in reality a part of the medical profession; there is indication, therefore, that the ideals of the profession as voiced by the Association will be advanced. There is indication also that public health work will receive a more active impetus, and that the profession will assume in greater degree its responsibilities in respect to public health work and claim its inheritance in this field — in other words, that preventive medicine will become even a
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT. JAMA. 1915;LXV(1):30–31. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580010038015
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