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January 11, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(2):111. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480020041009

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The bill that has been introduced into both houses of Congress providing for a National United States Health Service, on the basis of the present Marine-Hospital Service, and practically a continuation of the same under another name with wider functions and responsibilities, is one that deserves the careful consideration of our profession. Two facts are self-evident. One is that the present scope of the Marine-Hospital Service is far more extensive than that originally intended and that it is under present conditions constantly extending to meet the demands. The other is that while we need a public health service the still existing present limitations of the Marine-Hospital Service under its original organization are a serious hindrance to its fully meeting the country's needs. Whether what is practically a simple change of style and title will do this, may possibly be a question open to argument and it is to be hoped

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