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St. Louis, April 19, 1902.
My dear Sir:
—You would, 1 am sure, please the medical profession of the country by favoring a broad representative bill for a National Board of Health, representing the whole profession, as well as the Army, Navy and Marine-Hospital Service, with its chief eligible to a place in the President's cabinet.The presidents of the Academy of Medicine and American Medical Association might be members, and one member might be nominated by the Senate and one by the House of Representatives for the people and states to make up the composition of the first board. One representative might come also from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The present board scheme is too much and too exclusively Army, Navy and Marine. Very truly yours,
Hughes CH. To Congressmen and Senators. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(18):1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480180050017
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