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January 23, 1892

A SECRETARY OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(4):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411080021007

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Abstract

With the marvelous growth of our country, there has taken place a corresponding change in many of the conditions and functions of our methods of government.

The growth of sanitary science, and a knowledge of hygienic conditions, as practically understood by the medical profession and the people, dates almost wholly within the latter half of the present century. Within that period there has been a continuous immigration of not only thousands, but of actual millions, of people, from the countries of Europe to our land.

Unfortunately, of late years, this overflow is not made up of the average of the citizens of Europe, but is largely composed of defective, immoral and ignorant people.

The ability of the population of this country to absorb and assimilate, reform and educate the masses who seek new homes with us, is one of the wonders of our wonder-land.

To absorb, assimilate and educate those

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