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May 21, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(21):653. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411250023007

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An interview in the New York Tribune with Dr. E. G. Janeway, formerly one of the Commissioners of Health, reports him as asserting that the City Board of Health is being corrupted into a purely partisan concern. He states that good and experienced men have been removed at a day's notice, in a summary way that he would not employ in the case of a house-servant. For the first time in many years, he says, political considerations are allowed to outweigh all others, and he assails the management as a menace to the public health. He predicts that the machinery of the Board will be used to satisfy ward politicians, and not for the removal of danger to health, and he condemns the recent changes as showing a policy of action that is " unwise, injudicious and unsafe."

In order to "back up" his opinion in this regard, and enable him

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