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September 23, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(13):805-807. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450650055016

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SANITARY CONGRESS.  An interesting and valuable organization has just closed its session at Southampton. This is the annual congress organized by the Sanitary Institute—the great semi-official representative body of popular sanitary interest and progress. It has established a small museum of hygienic and sanitary apparatus, named in honor of the great sanitarium, the Parkes Museum, in London, where courses of lectures and demonstrations on hygienic subjects are given and examinations held to qualify for the post of sanitary inspector. As the guileless Neapolitan yearns for a fruit-stall, so almost every professional or semiprofessional organization in England, medical, legal, commercial and educational, hankers after the control of some "pass" public service examination—and the fees attaching thereto. One or two most prominent organizations might be mentioned both medical and educational, which, organized originally for the good of the profession, now regard the profession as existing chiefly for their benefit and exploit it

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