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February 23, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(8):290. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430080032009

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Senate bill No. 1840, introduced by Senator Gray, of Delaware, is the bill recommended by the Committee of the American Medical Association. It antagonizes none of the Public Services and there is no reason why there should be any opposition to the bill. The Marine-Hospital Service will ultimately be greatly strengthened by this bill, and the other medical branches of the Government, under the terms of the proposed Act will have frequent opportunity for consultation and appropriate work. A supplemental bill recasting the relations of the Marine-Hospital Service, the only Public Health Service now in existence, will undoubtedly be required, for with the creation of the new Public Health Department, there will be every reason why that excellent Service should become its executive arm. There no longer exists any reason why the financial department of the Government should assume direction of a Service that has worked out the problems of

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