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Excerpt from Vagaries of Sanitary ScienceAbout five years ago, during an hour of leisure, the author of this book took up an annual report of a local board of health and read it. It was full of general misstatements and inconsistencies, and aboundedMoreExcerpt from Vagaries of Sanitary ScienceAbout five years ago, during an hour of leisure, the author of this book took up an annual report of a local board of health and read it. It was full of general misstatements and inconsistencies, and abounded in misrepresentations of vital statistics. Yet this erratic and unreliable report was offered to scientific men, and to the medical profession, as a truthful exhibit of the value and working of Sanitary Science. On the strength of this report, the lawmaking power, to which it was addressed, was besought, in the name of the Public Safety, to formulate the most offensive and despotic legislation, to create new offices and to levy new taxes. The author was impelled, in a spirit of badinage, to publish anonymously in a newspaper a review of the document.The sonorous and impressive titles of State Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Sanitary Reform, Sanitary Science, and their relation to the great question of the public health had always been deeply ingrained in his mind. The object which these titles represented surpassed in importance all considerations of therapeutics as applied to individual patients in the daily practice of medicine, as much as questions of national life exceeded those of the welfare of private persons.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.