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March 31, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(13):1145. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480045012

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In the January 28 issue of The Journal is an editorial on the termination of the activities of the Commission on Chronic Illness. This body, which was founded in 1949 by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Public Welfare Association, will terminate its activities as an incorporated organization in June, 1956. However, at least some of its projects will be continued under the auspices of the sponsoring agencies.

Elsewhere in this issue of The Journal (page 1114) is a discussion that was presented at the last meeting of the Commission on Chronic Illness. It summarizes the progress in prevention of chronic illness from 1949 to 1956 and provides an excellent picture of the problem today. There are probably few subjects that are of greater importance and that are receiving more consideration than chronic illness. The subject poses a real challenge

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