I think the attention of every one of your readers should...

Yorkshire Post

I think the attention of every one of your readers should be drawn to the remarks of your Notes and Comments writer with regard to the vital tendency which is now taking place in Government matters, as illustrated in the proposed Ministry of Health bill. Although this bill professes to be only a coordination of the existing health departments, there is sufficient indication in the bill, and also in the speech of the introducer of the bill, to show that ultimately vigorous measures will be taken. The world is demanding democracy, and those who have bitter experiences with regard to Army regulations must not grumble later on if they find they are under the yoke of medical autocracy, and have to submit to show that go completely against the grain, if this bill is permitted to pass.

["Freedom's" letter]

Mr. Cronk's letter regarding "the Ministry of Health" raises a point of which few people seem to be aware. The Ministry of Health bill, unless carefully watched, will give almost unlimited power to the medical profession, and, with all regard for the members of that profession, one would not like to see medical domination exercised in this country. In America, at any rate in certain states, the idea is carried to a ridiculous extreme. Most people would like to see hygienic principles carried much farther, but few of us would care, for instance, to be lined up periodically and ordered to strip for our monthly medical examination. This sort of thing has been suggested seriously, and if any plan of this sort is adopted, we shall find that Prussianism is not dead, but has only assumed another guise.

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A League of Understanding Hearts
November 15, 1919

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