April 5, 1941

Government Services

JAMA. 1941;116(14):1592. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820140104019

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Annual Report of Public Health Service  The sixty-ninth annual report of the Surgeon General of the U. S. Public Health Service for the fiscal year 1940 covers the first year's activities under the Federal Security Agency. The transfer of the Food and Drug Administration to the Federal Security Agency and of St. Elizabeths Hospital and of Freedmen's Hospital, Washington, D. C., to the jurisdiction of the public health service reflects the further coordination of health activities. Reports from forty-five states, the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Alaska give a provisional crude death rate of 10.7 for 1939, which is slightly higher than the lowest recorded rate of 10.6 per hundred thousand of population in 1938. The maternal mortality rate declined for the tenth consecutive year. The provisional rate was 10 per cent less than that of 1938. For the first time since such data have been available, the maternal mortality

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