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Hermann M. Biggs
(29 Sep 1859 - 28 Jun 1923)

American physician who was New York City's Public Health Officer and pioneered the use of bacteriological studies in the field of public health for the prevention and control of contagious diseases.


Science Quotes by Hermann M. Biggs (3 quotes)

Disease is largely a removable evil. It continues to afflict humanity, not only because of incomplete knowledge of its causes and lack of individual and public hygiene, but also because it is extensively fostered by harsh economic and industrial conditions and by wretched housing in congested communities. ... The reduction of the death rate is the principal statistical expression and index of human social progress. It means the saving and lengthening of lives of thousands of citizens, the extension of the vigorous working period well into old age, and the prevention of inefficiency, misery, and suffering. These advances can be made by organized social effort. Public health is purchasable. (1911)
— Hermann M. Biggs
Quoted in Evelynn Maxine Hammonds, Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930(1999), 221.
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Public health is purchasable. Within a few natural and important limitations any community can determine its own health.
— Hermann M. Biggs
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The human body is the only machine in which there are no spare parts.
— Hermann M. Biggs
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