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A recent survey by the AMA Council on Rural Health of health educators and home economics leaders in 44 State cooperative extension services indicates that water pollution and sanitation are the primary rural health problems. Assurance of an ample supply of uncontaminated water for family and farm use is an increasing problem, not only in rural fringe areas near suburban developments but also in the more remote farm areas. Smaller towns have had less experience in dealing with such problems and are less likely to have well-developed planning and zoning programs. In addition, in many instances they fail to enforce existing zoning regulations without fully considering the consequences of such laxity.
The need for health education was the second most urgent problem highlighted in the AMA survey. Health education can keep the people alert to medical developments and encourage the wisest use of these advances. Education can also develop willingness
HEALTH PROBLEMS IN RURAL AMERICA. JAMA. 1964;190(7):681. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070200117027