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February 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(5):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500320061012

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As a direct result of the growth of our knowledge of the nature and cause of preventable diseases, infectious and otherwise, the work of our boards of health and public health officers is assuming constantly increasing scope and importance. Practically every state, every city, every village and every township in the United States has adopted various regulations and has established certain procedures looking to the preservation of health and prevention of disease, and has placed the carrying out of these measures in the hands of officials such as the members of the boards of health and the health officers. In most states, however, these various officials are working more or less by themselves, with comparatively little opportunity for helpful discussion of common problems with fellow-officials. It would seem that the time is ripe for discussion of the desirability of drawing together into voluntary associations for mutual and public benefit all

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