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November 28, 1953


Author Affiliations

Salt Lake City
Dean and Professor of Radiobiology, University of Utah College of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

JAMA. 1953;153(13):1167-1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940300025008

Recently there has been a growing interest in the economic plight of village people in distant lands. Bold new programs to increase food production, to provide opportunities for education, and to improve health have been launched with the support of the United States Government and private foundations. During the past year, I have spent about four months in India as medical advisor to the government of India and the Ford Foundation. The primary purpose of these visits was to assist in the development of a village health program that would integrate with the other aspects of the community development program in India.

The health of a villager in India is the result of the interplay of a number of factors, some of which would at first glance seem far removed from health. Any endeavor to improve the health of an Indian villager must consider existing health practices and prejudices, the

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