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October 1, 1898

Secretary, Department of Health.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):803. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140057015

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Fairfield, Ind., Sept. 24, 1898.

To the Editor:  —Some of the papers of our land have had much to say of sanitary conditions, and made attacks upon the medical department, the truthfulness of which will be brought out or refuted by investigation.Present reports from surgeons themselves prove the fact that they have done noble work, also that many embarrassing conditions arose not due to any lack of service upon their part, but because of limited authority, being handicapped by officers of other departments, and without medical knowledge.All general orders must come from the Secretary of War and in such trying times it seems quite enough for him to give attention to other duties. In truth, this department should be directed by the Secretary of the Board of Health, who should a member of the cabinet and a physician. Let it be his duty to look after sanitary conditions,

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