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December 12, 1942


Author Affiliations

Director of the International Health Division, Rockefeller Foundation NEW YORK

JAMA. 1942;120(15):1189-1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830500019005

All the American countries are moving forward from the primitive condition in which medicine was exclusively occupied with the cure of fully developed disease toward that happy state in which well organized and adequately trained specialists will devote their entire time to the government service in community health protection. As the goal is approached the medical practitioners will undoubtedly place more emphasis on disease prevention in the families under their care, which will favorably affect community health, but my remarks will apply primarily to the public health field.

For over a quarter of a century the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation has been cooperating with government health officials who wish to speed up progress by investigating troublesome problems, by trying out new methods or by study and observation in other countries. Service with this organization has given me the basis for my comments.

The rate of progress in

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