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July 4, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(1):45-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430790051005

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We have received the following letter from Dr. Jerome Cochran, State Health Officer of Alabama, Chairman of the Committee on a " Department and Secretary of Public Health" appointed by the Association some years since, of which the late Dr. C. G. Comegys was the first chairman:

Montgomery, Ala., June 29, 1896.

To the Editor:  In the Journal of the 27th there is an editorial which has occasioned me no little surprise. It begins on page 1273 and is entitled "An Explanation Is in Order."The explanation is very simple. After several years of unavailing work the Committee on Department of Public Health presented a report at the Atlanta meeting of the Association proposing a new departure in the effort to obtain national public health legislation. This report is to be found in the Journal for May 16, beginning on page 988. It was discussed by the Association and unanimously adopted

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