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May 1, 1943

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JAMA. 1943;122(1):41-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180043017

WHAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS ABOUT HEALTH  A report of a "quiz corner" study1 carried out at the New York and San Francisco world fairs gives positive information about the knowledge of the average person regarding health. These quiz corners were placed where visitors to the fairs would pass them in large numbers. The tests were based on two hundred and twenty-three test questions covering cancer, communicable diseases, nutrition, general health information, superstitions and misconceptions, anatomy and physiology, maternal and child health, venereal diseases and tuberculosis. These were divided into five tests of twenty-five questions and two tests of fifty questions each. Some questions that fell in several categories or were repeated with different emphasis were included in more than one test form. The results of this extensive test of approximately a hundred thousand people did not develop anything startlingly new. Certain facts were established which, at least

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