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December 30, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(18):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920180035012

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Local Health Units  The legislative situation regarding federal aid to local public health units has undergone significant change. One bill passed the Senate in 1949 (S. 522), and another (H. R. 5865) was tabled by the House Rules Committee early this month when the chairman of the National Security Resources Board failed to appear to testify for it. The American Medical Association, while consistently approving the objective, opposed this legislation on the ground that it gave the federal administrator too much authority and that the definition of "public health services" was not sufficiently restrictive. Now, however, a new bill has been introduced which emphasizes the civil defense aspects of local public health units and to some extent corrects features to which the Association objected.The revised legislation was introduced by Representative Percy Priest (Democrat, Tennessee), a member of the medically important House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee and chairman of

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