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December 16, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(25):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510250039006

Dr. Wesbrook1 emphasizes the difficulties in the way of securing adequate care for the public health, and suggests certain remedies for the difficulties in regard to the value of which there is little or no room for difference of opinion. We wish to lay special stress on the service that medical men in general may render public health by at all times upholding the need of special training and expert knowledge in this branch of public work, not only on part of laboratory men, but also on the part of health officials, state and municipal. Most of these officers are appointive, and many no doubt often conscientious executives appear to believe that any reputable physician is fully competent to be commissioner of health of a city or secretary of a state board of health. This is a dangerous tendency that frequently robs the public of the full benefits of

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