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July 30, 1960

PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES OF A COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY

Author Affiliations

New York City

Chairman, Public Health Committee, Medical Society of the County of Kings; and Borough Chief, Bureau of Preventable Diseases, Department of Health (Dr. Lichtman); and Borough Health Education Coordinator, Department of Health; and Consultant, Health Education, Public Health Committee, Medical Society of the County of Kings (Mr. Podair).

JAMA. 1960;173(13):1454-1457. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020310042013
Abstract

The experience of this county medical society shows that a public health committee can be extremely effective in dealing with many local community needs. The parent committee has been in a position to call on members of the society to help communicate the message of health to people in public meetings, radio broadcasts, newspapers, and programs arranged by nonmedical groups. A plan for periodic health examinations for physicians themselves has been carried out, important legislation has been obtained, a directory of medical and social services is in preparation, and many special health problems have been investigated. Subcommittees have been successful in encouraging immunization against poliomyelitis and in organizing campaigns for mental health. The results of these sometimes laborious efforts have amply justified the expenditure of time and energy.

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