Rural Sanitation Again

Edward S. Godfrey Jr.
JAMA. 1912;LVIII(1):52. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010054023.
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To the Editor:  —I was very much interested in the editorial (The Journal, Oct. 7, 1911, p. 1214) on sanitation in rural districts and the letter elicited by it from Dr. Dorety (The Journal, Oct. 28, 1911, p. 1473). I have for the past few years been secretary of the territorial board of health in a territory having no large cities, and the problem of the small town and the village has been of particular interest to me. I wish what I say to be understood as applying only to that part of a state lying outside towns of 50,000 or more inhabitants.In my opinion, the divorcement of public health work from private practice (or other interests) is quite as important as its divorcement from politics. Accepting this premise, it follows that in order to obtain competent full-time men, with the consequent increases in salaries, the local taxes must


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