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January 16, 1960

First Report on the World Health Situation 1954-1956

JAMA. 1960;172(3):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030094034

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Abstract

In this report the influences affecting the health of peoples are discussed, as is the state of the public health in the world at large. The first part of the report is a general survey of conditions on a worldwide basis. Part 2 consists of reviews of their own health conditions by representatives of the various nations participating in the World Health Organization. As a source of official information, this volume should be highly useful to public health staffs, statisticians, sociologists, diplomats, and others interested in health as a factor in world economy, politics, and peace. Although WHO has been functioning for a number of years, this volume is the first report of the world health situation, and it covers the years 1954 to 1956. The lag in international information gathering and compilation is even greater than that to which we are accustomed in the United States.

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