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December 22, 1928

RESPIRATORY DISEASES

JAMA. 1928;91(25):1996-1997. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250060018
Abstract

Mortality rates vary widely for different disease groups and throw little light on the incidence of illness and incapacity. Morbidity rates are far more significant in the study of the health conditions of a community. Accordingly, any adequate consideration of the most desirable direction of attack against the health menaces to mankind must take into account the actual situations that exist in different communities with respect to the incidence of disease. Also, from the standpoint of supplying acceptable medical service, the presenting complaints of the population must be considered; and these do not always give a correct picture of the actual condition of the prospective patient. The Commission on Medical Education,1 which began to function in the fall of 1925 with the support of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Association, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, has pointed out that the health needs of

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