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To the Editor:
—However we may view osteopahty, we must a osteopaths, as was done in the editorial in The Journal (Nov. 11, 1911, p. 1620), on their change of front regarding the national department of helath movement. Their anxiety lest a physician be appointed to the cabinet discloses only a small remainder of those fears which impelled them to oppose the Owen bill in toto. I think that were there appointed as secretary of health a recognized master of sanitary organization, all these sectarian differences would coalesce in one voice of satisfied approval.Whether it be premature to suggest and urge a fit man for secretary of health is a matter of forecast. I will risk being called out of order, however, and say that were Colonel Gorgas asked to try to do for the United States what he has done for the Isthmus of Panama, no one cognizant
Joseph S. Lewis. A National Department of Health. JAMA. 1911;LVII(22):1782. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110282025