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December 4, 1897

Department of Public Health.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(23):1176-1177. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440490042008

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Pensacola, Ala., Nov. 24, 1897.

Hon. Frank S. Gardner, Secretary New York Board of Trade and Transportation, New York City.

Dear Sir:  —In response to your inquiry concerning the efficiency of the Marine-Hospital Service in the conduct of Federal health affairs, I forwarded you some days ago copies of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Florida Times Union and Citizen and New Orleans Times Democrat, as I was not able to reply immediately on account of certain professional engagements. I desire now to answer your queries briefly, but by the presentation of such facts only as may not be successfully controverted, and which are detailed without malice toward any one, or animus of a personal character whatever.The first objection to be urged against such control of our health affairs by this service or branch of the Federal Government, is one relating to its organic construction. You are

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