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February 18, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(7):189. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420340023006

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There has probably been no time in the history of this country when trained, competent and efficient health-officers were needed so much as they are now. The average health-officer is appointed without any special training or qualification for the place; his tenure of office is so slight that very few feel warranted in qualifying themselves for such duties and in no other direction is there any special incentive to full preparation for the discharge of the responsibilities that devolve upon the holder of such office. Much has recently been said with regard to the manner in which cholera was managed in England during the last autumn, but nothing was said in regard to the special knowledge required of medical officers of health in that country, before they receive such appointments. No one is eligible to such appointment in Great Britain without special training and his qualification having been established by

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