At present the subject of suppression must be tied in with that of food, hygiene, vicious propaganda and practices of public health officials and their subordinates, food and drug advertising, the cancer and other constitutional disorders, statistics, questions of politico-economic policy, legislation, appropriations and the like; in short, with things of the day that people are most interested in.

We are so few and far apart that we should begin now to have closer association and communication within and between our groups and between individuals. We should practice alertness to all that goes on within the social and medical economy; by discussions so conducted as to arrive at facts, policies an decisions, not leaving conclusions up in the air while opinions refuse to budge from their birthplaces. This is a dynamic age and we need to induct the dynamic power that is generated by cooperative thought and decisions.

Above all we need to concentrate thought on the problems of our special profession. For if there is not correct thought there can be no positively salutary and corrective action, no matter how much we talk or what we do. True cooperative action cannot reach its highest efficiency without preliminary individual concentration on the matter in hand. To be led is not enough. Let us find ways and means to attract people out of the mire of suppression into which they have fallen.

Royal E S Hayes
Dr Royal Elmore Swift HAYES (1871-1952)
Born in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA on 20 Oct 1871 to Royal Edmund Hayes and Harriet E Merriman. He had at least 4 sons and 1 daughter with Miriam Martha Phillips. He lived in Torrington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States in 1880. He died on 20 July 1952, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.