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November 6, 1937

An Investigation into Questions of Social Hygiene in the Counties of Västerbotten and Norrbotten, Sweden, Conducted with the Support of the Royal Medical Board in 1929-1931

JAMA. 1937;109(19):1571. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780450075037

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The conditions affecting health in the two farthest north provinces of Sweden were subjected to detailed examination, with special emphasis on diet, housing and school environment. It was discovered that significant vitamin deficiencies could be easily remedied by a somewhat more extensive use and better preparation of certain native berries. The population of the district in 1931 was 407,096. More attention is given to public and private health organizations than to the work of physicians, and it would appear that these various societies and public institutions and nursing services are depended on for a large share of the health care. One general impression seems quite clear, that in spite of the subsidized physicians and salaried medical officers nearly all the problems of rural medical service that trouble the United States are still more or less serious problems in these districts. State grants in aid of district medical services are given

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