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March 18, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(11):313-314. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420380025004

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In a recent article in The Journal appeared the following concise and pointed statement: " Medicine is neglected by the benevolent and by the State. From the former it has received almost nothing, and from the latter not a tithe of what has been lavished on technological schools; and this in spite of the fact that the State and all benevolent institutions have put a heavy tax of gratuitous and often compulsory service on the medical profession." This statement applies with particular and special force to the almost criminal neglect on the part of the State to provide facilities for the study of the nature, the prevention and the cure of infectious diseases in man and in animals—a policy which can safely be said to have already worked such untold damage to the happiness and the prosperity of our people as to merit the opprobrium of suicidal. The State furnishes a

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