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November 23, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(8):15-16. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070210105043

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Policy Paper on Health.—  President Johnson issued a policy statement on health legislation and goals shortly before the national elections. The paper gave advance notice of the more detailed legislative recommendations the President will make to Congress early in 1965. Following is the text of the policy statement:

THE NATION'S PROBLEMS OF HEALTH  Among the ancient foes of man, disease still ranks as public enemy No. 1.Our scientists and doctors have made great strides. With ever increasing inventiveness, they have found ways to cure our afflictions and to stretch our life expectancy.In 1900, the average American citizen could look forward to reaching the age of 47.Today, he can look forward to 70 years.The miracle of medicine has not reached its limits, but neither has the misery of disease.Today, more than 74 million Americans are afflicted with chronic diseases.Mental illness—in all its forms—casts a shadow

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