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This article is the first in a series containing a synopsis of a longer paper I recently wrote discussing the “History of Government Involvement of Texas Public Health.” In that paper a distinction is made between private and government involvement in public health. There is also a distincti…

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When many readers of this article were young, almost every town proudly had its “First National Bank” sitting on the corner of Main Street. It is easy to assume that national banks existed from the beginning of the United States, but such is not the case. In 1791, the “Bank of the United Sta…

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We sometimes think that a pandemic, such as COVID-19, is singular to our generation alone; but such is not the case. A pandemic is certainly unusual, but they have existed since (and before) recorded history. The earliest recorded pandemic occurred in Athens in 433 B.C., where two-thirds of …

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For many years rabies was called hydrophobia because the sound of running water or trying to swallow it caused the victim to panic and choke. There was no vaccine to immunize pets and no treatment for humans who were bitten by rabid animals.

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Our home visits this week took us all over the region. From far North Nacogdoches, to outlying South Nacogdoches, to Chireno and to Alto. We visited families where the requests were valid and the needs were greater. We visited with a young mother of preschoolers who recently received her hou…

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