We have grown so accustomed to criticism from at home and abroad on our municipal government, we have come so to expect unfavorable comparisons between ourselves and other countries in this respect that we experience a shock of pleasurable surprise when we hear that a municipal department in one of our great cities is held up to general admiration. Still more gratifying is it to hear that the praise comes from Germany, from Berlin itself.
At a meeting of the Berliner Medizinische Gesellschaft,1 Professor Wassermann, in a paper on "Municipal Hygiene," spoke of the Department of Health of Greater New York as a model to German cities, especially in the direction of public control of infectious diseases. Professor Wassermann pointed out the undeniable fact that the general practitioner has neither time nor authority sufficient to enable him to control the infectious diseases especially among poor, ignorant people. It is
NEW YORK HEALTH BOARD FROM A GERMAN VIEWPOINT. JAMA. 1905;XLV(22):1657–1658. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510220043006
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