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November 5, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(19):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420190025002

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Within a few days every American citizen will be called upon to exercise his privilege of franchise in voting for the chief executive and legislative officers of the Nation. After the experience of the past two years in vain efforts made to induce Congress to enact a law creating a Cabinet Officer of Public Health, with the subsequent history of conflict between National and local health authorities, the medical profession should be exceedingly careful in finding out the views of congressional candidates on these subjects, which are as vital to the welfare and prosperity of our country as that of the tariff or free trade.

In the States where governors and legislatures are to be elected, similar knowledge of the attitude of candidates should be found out and made known. Instances are not wanting where the governor of a State has to some extent brought disrepute upon our profession by

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