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December 3, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1337-1339. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450230009001d

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The complicated relations existing in most municipal governments between the different departments and bureaus seem to make it essential that the health department, bureau or board should have a legal advisor of its own. Take, for example, a city in which, as in Denver, the boards and officers comprising the various divisions and sub-divisions of the executive force are appointed by different officers, and own no allegiance to a single and responsible head. It can readily be seen how it happens, as it often does, that one department seeks to carry out a plan of action, which in some particulars will conflict with the regulations and activities of another department, and there is no ready method of harmonizing and unifying the efforts of the departments. For example, in most, and perhaps in all cities, the construction of sanitary sewers, or of a waterworks system would devolve upon the officers having

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