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June 14, 1902

STATE MEDICINE, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.ORATION ON STATE MEDICINE DELIVERED BEFORE THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., JUNE 10-13, 1902.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(24):1568-1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480240018002b

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State Medicine had its origin with Moses, the great legislator. The bloodthirsty Egyptians of the dark ages, who in superstitious ignorance destroyed the lives of those among them who differed from their belief or creed, left nothing which the human race could follow for the preservation of health and life. Thirty odd centuries ago, the great law-giver, Moses, laid down sanitary rules, regulations and exercises which are followed at the present day by all civilized and semi-civilized nations.

THE SANITARY CODE OF MOSES.  Some 1300 years before the Christian era, the code contained in the Mosaic Exodus laid down restrictions on every possible act that mankind may perform to impair or impede existence. Such as they are, it is hardly possible to improve upon them at this enlightened day. Moses instructed his people that those sanitary commands were inspired by a Supreme Being; that the only health officer in existence

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