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August 7, 1897

The Organization of the Missouri Board of Health; A Letter to the Governor by C. H. Hughes, M.D.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(6):292-293. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440320036008

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St. Louis, Mo., May 25, 1897.

Hon. Lon. V. Stevens, Governor of Missouri:

Dear Sir:  —Yours of the 22d inst. is received. My idea about appointments on the State Board of Health from the standpoint of a chief executive acting for all the people would be that all interests should be represented in proper ratio. The preponderating interests should be the majority of the people through the medical men who represent them. Every lawfully recognized medical interest should have a place on the Board in proportion to ratio of population. The people who employ the regular medical methods of advanced modern medicine being preponderatingly ascendent, should have the majority. Regular modern medicine is in no sense a theoretic school of medicine, nor the "old school," nor allopathic school, as the homeopathists derisively term it. Its votaries administer treatment on the allopathic, contrapathic, homeopathic or any other principle. It is simply

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