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There has been a general lack of "know-how" in many parts of the country in getting interest and coordination in disaster programs. Many parts of such programs have been developed, but often the busy doctors comprise the one group that has failed to get interested in any "dry runs." Therefore in our state of Mississippi, which is largely a rural state, we set our sights toward the development of a program based on what some of us had learned the hard way, that is, the only way to get a good organization and a good operation going was to initiate it in the "grass roots." For this reason, when this emergency medical service program was handed to me in 1951, it became necessary to plan some long-range strategy in order to develop it and to sustain interest.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE STATE PROGRAM
The president of our medical association appointed me
Long LW. STATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE IN MISSISSIPPI. JAMA. 1954;155(9):860-861. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.73690270016032