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October 27, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(17):649-650. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421220021004

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In the last issue of the Journal we spoke of the excellent organization of the Medical Department of the Japanese Army and the special training of its members. The Japanese Government, however, has been progressive in other than military lines. It has been as careful of the welfare of the general population as of the health and efficiency of its military support. Early in its history the present government instituted a Central Sanitary Bureau to remedy insanitary conditions and preserve the people especially from the ravages of imported cholera. Measures of general sanitation and for the prevention and suppression of all infectious diseases were at first under the entire control of this Central Bureau; but in 1888 a system of Local Sanitary Government was instituted, by which all sanitary and preventive measures were to be carried out by the people themselves through the medium of the local authorities of cities,

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