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April 27, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(17):1434. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520430046003

It is a significant sign of the times that the New York Academy of Medicine has established a section on Public Health. In an address1 delivered at the opening of this section Dr. George A. Soper discusses the sanitary engineering problems of water supply and sewage disposal for New York City and certain other matters of general interest. He points out that authentic sanitary information is now desired by the public, but that it is difficult to obtain it, in the first place, because great universities have neglected to teach in an adequate manner sanitary science or preventive medicine, and, secondly, because physicians do not fully recognize their importance as sanitary teachers. For these reasons, a vast amount of technical knowledge has not been popularized sufficiently and public opinion has not been directed to the proper consideration of many topics relating to public health. One of the functions of

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