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August 29, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):456-459. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870004001a

With a title as sensational as the one that I have ventured to announce for this paper, it may not be amiss to hasten the statement that no violent attack upon boards of health is contemplated. The great good accomplished through the official supervision of these boards, whether municipal or State, is so patent that he would be foolish, who, at this late day, would asseverate the contrary. It is not necessary to attempt to enumerate the good accomplished nor to chronicle the unselfish labors of the men to whom all honor should be given, and by whom these things have been brought about. But, acknowledging the good, and wishing them greater usefulness and power, it may not be amiss to have some of their acts pass in review for kindly inspection, and to criticize, in a friendly manner, should errors or failings appear.

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