Title: Hygeia, a City of Health
Author: Benjamin Ward Richardson
Release Date: April 15, 2004 [EBook #12036]
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A city of health
Benjamin ward Richardson M.D., F.R.S.
MY DEAR MR. CHADWICK,
I wrote this Address with the intention of dedicating it to you, as a simple but hearty acknowledgment by a sanitary student, himself well ripened in the work, of your pre-eminent position as the living leader of the sanitary reformation of this century.
The favour the Address has received indicates notably two facts: the advance of public opinion on the subject of public health, and the remarkable value and influence of your services as the sanitary statesman by whom that opinion has been so wisely formed and directed.
In this sense of my respect for you, and of my gratitude, pray accept this trifling recognition, and believe me to be,
Ever faithfully yours_,
The immediate success of this Address caused me to lay it aside for some months, to see if the favour with which it was received would remain. I am satisfied to find that the good fortune which originally attended the effort holds on, and that in publishing it now in a separate form I am acting in obedience to a generally expressed desire.
Since the delivery of the Address before the Health Department of the Social Science Congress, over which I had the honour to preside, at Brighton, in October last, every day has brought some new suggestion bearing on the subjects discussed, and the temptation has been great to add new matter, or even to recast the essay and bring it out as a more compendious work. On reflection I prefer to let it take its place in literature, in the first instance, in its original and simple dress.
12 Hinde street, W.: August 18, 1876.