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Chicago, Ill., Jan. 11, 1898.
To the Editor:
—I have been reading with interest the various notices in the Journal relative to the establishment of a Department of Public Health at the National Capitol and the furtherance of such legislative enactments as will tend toward the preservation of the public health. Early in 1893 I advocated such measures and devoted attention to the question in a treatise on Asiatic cholera written and published by me in that year. There is one pronounced element of danger in connection with the favored change and to this I would respectfully call the attention of my professional colleagues. This is the fact that peradventure some "practical politician" would be made the Secretary in charge of the new portfolio instead of a medical hygienist.The ridiculous and unfortunate state of affairs that would be induced under these circumstances need hardly be dilated upon. The proper
Benson JA. Department of Public Health. JAMA. 1898;XXX(5):275–276. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440570043014
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