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May 13, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(19):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450460051021

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The daily press has announced within the last week or two the proposition to establish at the University of Illinois a course in public medicine similar to that already inaugurated in the State of Ohio. It has also stated that every health officer in the State would be compelled by law to take the course at the beginning of his term of office. It does not appear, however, that this last statement is authorized, as no legislation requiring such a compulsory course has been enacted. The attendance of health officers would be, for the present at least, entirely a voluntary matter. It is true that such a course has been recommended or suggested by the State board of health and it is quite possible that it may be inaugurated in the near future, following closely, it is probable, the line of work of the similar course in Ohio. If municipalities

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