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December 8, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXIII(23):873. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421280027003

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President Cleveland's message makes the following recommendation to Congress concerning a Public Health Establishment:

" I am entirely convinced that we ought not to be longer without a National board of health or National health officer charged with no other duties than such as pertain to the protection of our country from the invasion of pestilence and disease. This would involve the establishment, by such board or officer, of proper quarantine precautions or the necessary aid and counsel to local authorities on the subject, prompt advice and assistance to local boards of health or health officers in the suppression of contagious diseases, and in cases where there are no such local boards or officers, the immediate direction by the National board or officer, of measures of suppression, constant and authentic information concerning the health of foreign countries and all parts of our own country, as related to contagious diseases, and consideration

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