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August 24, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(8):555-557. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760340001001

At the first meeting of the American Medical Association, held in Baltimore in 1848, a committee on public hygiene was appointed, with Dr. James Wynne of Baltimore as chairman. At the second meeting of the Association, held in Boston on May 1, 1849, the first report of the committee was submitted. At a later date a section quite comparable to the present Section on Preventive and Industrial Medicine and Public Health was organized. The Council on Health and Public Instruction was established in 1910 and was succeeded in 1922 by the present Bureau of Health and Public Instruction. Through the publications of the Association, through the work of this section and the Bureau of Health and Public Instruction, through its broadcasting programs and other official agencies, the Association has provided helpful information to the public and encouraged the practice of preventive medicine and cooperative effort on the part of physicians

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