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January 16, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(3):242-243. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730290058019

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Epidemics in France in 1930  Every year the Academy of Medicine designates one of its members to present a general report on the course of epidemics in France during the previous year. Such a report constitutes an epitome of the information that the health officers of the various departments are required to furnish. This report, after being read and commented on publicly at a regular session, is sent to the minister of public health, who usually files it away with its predecessors, where it continues to collect the dust of official documents. There is no case on record in which the minister has ever decided to satisfy the needs mentioned in the reports. Dr. Lesné, who was delegated for the task this year, pointed out, like all his predecessors, the inadequacy and inaccuracy of the information furnished to the academy by the various municipal authorities. The notification of cases of