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December 16, 1905


Author Affiliations

Director Minnesota State Board of Health Laboratories and Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, University of Minnesota. MINNEAPOLIS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1835-1840. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510250001001

DIFFICULTIES.  In America two causes are operative in rendering it difficult to protect the health of the public. One is the lack of real knowledge on the part of the public in regard to the scientific truths which underlie the conservation of its chief asset, viz., its health; and the other is a tendency in the preservation of individual freedom to lose sight of our obligation to respect the rights and privileges of others who may be less assertive.It is probable that each of these factors may operate as the cause of the other and it is difficult to discuss one without encountering complications dependent on the other. Endorsement of public health protective measures in a general way by an individual has usually the mental reservation that they be so applied as to safeguard him against his neighbor but not in such a manner as to impose hardship on

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