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February 12, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(7):512. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790070036011

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 77B) appears an outline which represents the first step in the study of medical needs under the auspices of the county medical societies which constitute the American Medical Association. This outline, prepared by the Bureau of Medical Economics of the American Medical Association, indicates the manner in which the study is to be made. Through the Bureau of Medical Economics a series of forms will be made available in which the results of the study are to be collated. These will then be forwarded to the headquarters of the American Medical Association for further analysis.

The medical picture changes from time to time with changing economic conditions. The situation in 1932, when the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care completed its studies, certainly differs from that in 1936-1937, when the United States Public Health Service made its survey of 750,000 families. As the county

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