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March 11, 1961


JAMA. 1961;175(10):899. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040100063014

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Last week Chicago witnessed a small and largely unheralded but very important meeting. It was the Fiftieth Annual Meeting and Golden Anniversary celebration of a joint committee established by the National Education Association and the American Medical Association in 1911.

The 1911 reports of the American Medical Association Council on Health and Public Instruction, forerunner of the present Department of Health Education, show that educators had requested a list of topics recommended for health education in order that "their organization and ours may act together." This request came from a committee of the National Council of Education under the chairmanship of Dr. Thomas E. Wood, Professor of Health and Physical Education at Columbia University. At the same time the American Medical Association had a committee headed by Dr. John M. Dodson, Dean of Rush Medical College and later Director of the Association's Bureau of Health and Public Instruction. These two

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