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November 6, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(19):967-968. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440450039004

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It is with pleasure that we inform the members of the Association that the Association Bill to establish a Department of Public Health, and define its duties, has been approved in its entirety by the American Public Health Association at its last meeting at Philadelphia, and that body will co-operate with the Association and endeavor to have it placed upon the statute books.

There is some misapprehension in regard to the Bill, as appears by comments in certain newspapers, which should be relieved. In the first place, the Association yielded to the inevitable, no longer insisting that the head of the new Department should be a member of the Cabinet, to which position it heretofore found there were insuperable objections; objections which would indeed prevent the passage of the Bill should it be presented. The committee, therefore, have wisely framed their Bill on the lines of the Department of Agriculture,

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