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April 17, 1948

America's Needs and Resources: A Twentieth Century Fund Survey Which Includes Estimates for 1950 and 1960

JAMA. 1948;136(16):1071. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890330061032

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Abstract

This book is a one volume encyclopedia of the economy of the United States. Within its pages are marshaled all the salient facts of our economic life: current trends, war lessons, the nature of needs and the dimensions of the resources with which they can be met. To this the authors have added their guesses of what our economy can produce in 1950 and in 1960.

For these guesses the book is most in demand. The authors are careful to say that theirs is no "plan" or prediction of what will happen; rather it is an estimate of what can happen in our economy if each sector functions as well in the future as it has at any time in the recent past.

Consumer requirements are discussed in nine major categories, of which medical care is one. The authors of this section—both employees of the Social Security Administration—emphasize that needs

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