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August 29, 1896

ARGUMENTS FAVORING A DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):465-468. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870013001f

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Abstract

Some of you perhaps may have views and ideas that are not entirely in accord with those of the writer. It is natural to suppose that some of us have hobbies or fads in medicine in general, the science of hygiene, or upon some branch of scientic study or research.

Emerson said, "Science surpasses the old miracles of mythology." It is with pardonable pride therefore that I offer this contribution and venture to briefly discuss this important subject, which as it appears to me, is one of the most pressing needs of legislation that confronts us and which our government can bestow and by so doing promote the welfare of the people of the United States.

It is a well known fact that by the acts of our National legislators during the past few years hundreds of thousands of dollars have been appropriated and expended for agricultural pursuits including that

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