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July 2, 1892

ADDRESS ON STATE MEDICINE —THE PEOPLE AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH MOVEMENT.Delivered at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, at Detroit, Mich., June 7, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XIX(1):1-5. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420010007001

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In view of the great interest taken by the profession during the past year in the success of the measure brought forward by Dr. Comegys, I have thought that a succinct review of this important topic would not be inappropriate on the present occasion.

One day, while in attendance upon my second course of lectures in the University of Pennsylvania, sessions of 1842-3, it chanced that, examining the rich and varied stores of literature at a second-hand book store, my attention was arrested by an unpretending volume with a copious title page, the gist of which was: "An Inquiry into the Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of Great Britain." I purchased the book and devoured the contents, and perhaps no other volume has so influenced the thoughts, studies and pursuits of a long life as has that uninviting Government document, for the "Report" which it contained was the work

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