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Every one should take an interest in politics, because it is one's duty as a citizen. But every physician should be interested much more than the ordinary citizen, for his relations to the state are more important. The people depend on him to suggest measures and methods for the sanitary and health legislation and for the care of the physically weak. Evidently this view is held by a sufficient number of physicians in Texas to influence one of the parties, and to make it believe that it is to its interest to side with the profession The fourth plank in the Texas Republican platform is as follows:
We believe that the home for the old soldiers, that the asylums for the orphans, that our penitentiaries should be presided over by competent, honest and faithful servants; that our eleemosynary institutions should be sanitary, and the insane removed from our jails to
THE DOCTOR IN POLITICS. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(10):679–680. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500100037009
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