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State Medicine


AMONG the duties which the State owes to Science, none are of more practical and vital importance, and none are more urgent, than those which concern the care exercised, or that should be exercised, over the public health by properly appointed State Medical Officers. The essays of Dr. H. W. Ramsay have so fully explained the term “State Medicine”that we do not feel it necessary here to do more than allude to the subject in very general terms. It will readily be acknowledged that some sort of a medical polity is a necessity for a State; but while in this country certain laws and regulations exist for the improvement of the public health, still there has been but little or no effort made to establish these laws on a scientific basis.

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State Medicine . Nature 4, 137–138 (1871).

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