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January 23, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(4):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490490040011

There is a function of the county medical society which is as yet not fully utilized, but which is sure to become more widely exercised when the machinery now being adjusted is in better working order. We refer to the "public press committee" of a society to contribute to newspapers articles unsigned as individuals, bearing on current medical and sanitary topics that will be of interest to the general public. The Cleveland Medical Journal1 said recently: "The Newcastle County (Delaware) Medical Society has for some months had sucha committee, which is doing excellent service to the profesion and to the public." One needs onlyto glance at the average newspaper or popular journal to realize that there is a demand for this sort of information. Papers have columns headed "Talks with the Doctor," "Medical Items," "Department of Hygiene," etc., and itis certainly to be deplored that newspapers, in then inability