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August 30, 1965


JAMA. 1965;193(9):736. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090090042015

Lemuel Shattuck, foremost advocate in America of the need for community and state appreciation of knowledge and action in the broad domain of environmental health, was born in Ashby, Mass, into a Puritan family. He had no opportunity for public school instruction and in most matters was self-taught, through the judicious use of moments for appropriate reading.1 In this fashion he achieved considerable erudition and followed the teaching profession for several years, serving in Troy, Albany, and Detroit. He then settled in Concord, Mass, where he shared his hours and efforts between running a general store and more teaching. The first evidence of an interest in civic responsibility was felt by the town officials who were urged to organize the public schools, to properly account for public school funds, and to formulate and adopt a code of school regulations. This led eventually to the passage of measures in the