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May 25, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(21):811. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430210033007

What another esteemed contemporary journal1 styles " the mother of all journals of medical associations," to-wit, the British Medical, devotes a leading article in its issue of the 4th inst., to a discussion of the subject of a Department of Public Health for the United States and of the action of the American Medical Association to this end. The article is judicious, well-timed and gratifyingly appreciative of the situation. After reciting the various preliminary steps that the Association has taken in this matter, and recognizing the excellent work done in the field of public hygiene and preventive medicine through the agency of different medical departments connected with the public services and scientific bodies, it is contended that the Government can, in a wider way, promote the public welfare by creating a Department of Public Health, "the head of which should be a physician, a member of the Cabinet and on