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February 10, 1940

HEALTH AT THE NEW YORK FAIR IN 1940

JAMA. 1940;114(6):492. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060038012

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Abstract

The announcement, just released, that the Medicine and Public Health Building at the New York World's Fair will reopen for the 1940 season on May 11 under the direction of the American Museum of Health is gratifying. Undertaken last year as an idealistic experiment, the medical and public health exhibits at the New York World's Fair enter the new season with a background of proved success. More than 7,500,000 visitors were clocked in a daily check on attendance. This breaks the record in the field previously held by the International Hygiene Exposition in Dresden in 1911 with 5,500,000. Every third World's Fair visitor came to see these exhibits, demonstrating the intense interest of people in their health even in competition with extravagant presentations of industrial enterprises.

In assuming direction of the medical and public health exhibits the American Museum of Health will maintain the same policy that guided the planning

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