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November 14, 1914


Author Affiliations

Statistician, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company NEW YORK

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1739-1743. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200033008

County health organization in the United States is especially significant in relation to the problems of rural sanitation. The campaigns of the last three decades have resulted in the establishment of active and fairly efficient offices of health in the cities. The concentration of people into the cities and the larger financial resources of these communities have made such service absolutely necessary and possible. In the country, on the other hand, the need for efficient health work is apparently not so imminent, funds are not as available, and as a result, this phase of community work has been slightly developed. With few exceptions, there is very little health control in the rural sections of the United States. It is the purpose of this paper to suggest a system of county health organization which, it is believed, will help to coordinate the several health functions of the state and to lay

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