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June 8, 1940

Health Is Wealth

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By Paul de Kruif. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 246. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;114(23):2326. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230056025

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Here, in a small volume, Paul de Kruif has collected essays from the Country Gentleman, in which he campaigns for great expenditures in the field of public health. He favors a national health program, as who does not? He tells how Detroit fought tuberculosis. And then he tells how in December 1937 he and Surgeon-General Parran prepared a two page memorandum entitled "The Essentials of a National Health Program." This apparently was given to the President by Basil O'Connor of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.

Then comes the story of the so-called National Health Conference, in which de Kruif recognizes the attempt of this conference to destroy public confidence in the medical profession, and he says "The net result of the conference was that the American people had less faith in the army that alone could fight for its higher level of health."

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