September 2, 1944


JAMA. 1944;126(1):30-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850360032010

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Recently hearings were conducted in Washington on H. R. 4909 by the subcommittee of the House Committee on Civil Service. This bill proposes to make available to federal government employees the kind of medical service found generally advantageous to private industry. Dr. Carl Peterson, Secretary of the Council on Industrial Health of the American Medical Association, presented the views of the Council on the essential elements of a good industrial health service:

  1. A competent physician who takes genuine interest in applying the principles of preventive medicine and hygiene to employed groups and who is willing to devote regular hours to such service in the working environment.

  2. Industrial nurses with proper preparation, acting under the physician's immediate supervision or under standing orders developed by him or by the committee on industrial health of the county medical society.

  3. Industrial hygiene service directed at improvement of working environment and control

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