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January 29, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(5):374-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790050052014

BRITISH HEALTH SERVICES REVIEWED  An independent nonparty group, consisting of more than a hundred members, called "Political and Economic Planning," has recently published an extensive review of the British health services.1 The report has taken three years to compile. As pointed out in the British Medical Journal, this survey was one of the most difficult tasks which P E P has undertaken because of the bewildering number of fragmentary and often conflicting specialisms and the differences of attitude and approach. That such divergences occur in England is not surprising, but that conflicting requirements exist in an even greater degree in this country scarcely requires comment. The survey reviews the impersonal protective services including housing and sanitation, passing to the health of the industrial worker and the specialized services for mothers and infants, the preschool child and the school medical service. After a description of the organization of the medical

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