April 3, 1948

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JAMA. 1948;136(14):935. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890310027011

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THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION  Recently the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives tabled a bill to ratify the constitution of the World Health Organization and make the United States a member of that body. Already twenty-three other nations have signed the constitution of W.H.O., and the three additional ratifications necessary to complete organization will unquestionably become effective within the next few weeks. The first meeting of the new World Health Organization has been called in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 1948. This means, no doubt, that the United States will not be present as a member. Unfortunately a statement has not appeared as to why the Bules Committee took the action mentioned. Unless there are reasons which are secret and not available, the failure of the Pules Committee to recommend positive action is an embarrassment to American leaders in the field of health. The American Medical Association has thus far

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