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August 6, 1898

A Department of Health.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(6):311-312. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450060049013

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Chicago, July 28, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Congress adjourned, and with the knowledge presumably (see reports of Senator Gallinger and others, from personal observations made while investigating certain parts of Cuba last spring of the great need and urgent necessity of reform in sanitary matters among the unhappy people of that desolate island) or oversight, that legislation upon this all important topic was apparently either relegated to the waste-basket, pigeon-holed or deferred. Call it by whatever term we will.For years the writer, in his feeble efforts, has tried to use what influence he possessed to promulgate argument, why our government should establish a department of health, having at its head an efficient, painstaking, scientific medical secretary. A large majority, perhaps 90 to 95 per cent., of the medical profession throughout our country have favored this project. The Journal has repeatedly published the same views. The great majority, as just

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