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The progress of sanitary science, and the increase of knowledge among sanitarians, is one thing; the putting in practice of that information, is another. All science is concerned with the former; the State, the Government and the people, with the latter.
Our cities have grown so fast that the problems which confront them of civic administration, have not been dealt with as if they had come gradually on a community prepared by long years of dwelling together, to meet them; and so in our great cities we find great advances in certain directions, and we find ourselves very far behind the age in others.
Among the unsettled problems in large cities is that of the best means of securing a perfect sanitary organization, and in the securing of that result, we are more or less hampered by the laws which have been enacted in the village before it became a
HAMILTON JB. ON HEALTH DEPARTMENTS OF LARGE CITIES AND THEIR ORGANIZATION. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):460–462. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870008001c
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