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December 10, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(24):1386-1393. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450240001002

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Sanitation has made rapid strides in the protection of the public from a great variety of dangers, and more and more each year are emphasized the interdependence and correlation of the entire body politic. This is especially true in urban life, and many of the relations which were thought to be purely personal and individualistic are now accepted as common, and are to be most satisfactorily dealt with under general supervision and control. The development of the water-supply and sewerage of cities is an illustration of common needs, more and more demanding a union of public interests, supervised by men of the highest talent, specially trained for this service.

Modern science has pointed out many dangers to which the individual is exposed, and it is with special satisfaction that we refer to the labors of this generation in having defined the causation and limitation of a large class of the

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