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April 19, 1919


Author Affiliations

Director of the Department of Surveys and Exhibits of the Rockefeller Foundation, International Health Board NEW YORK

JAMA. 1919;72(16):1135-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26110160001008

INTRODUCTORY  Public health and sanitation received their first impetus in the urban centers, and quite naturally so, for here the need was greatest. Such extraordinary progress has since been made that the city can claim precedence over the once much vaunted health of the open country. Both old and young in our urban centers live longer and suffer less from sickness than do the inhabitants of the rural regions.The great national conservation and country life investigations were strong recent influences which brought to the foreground the problem of rural sanitation. Medical inspection of schoolchildren in both urban and rural regions has added many definite data.Hospitals and health, in almost as intimate a manner as physicians and health, have always been closely associated in the public mind. It was quite natural, therefore, that the rural hospital problem should come to the fore with the rural health problem. Country people

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