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June 5, 1915


Author Affiliations

Assistant Director-General, International Health Commission NEW YORK

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(23):1889-1892. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570490005002

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The International Health Commission was created in June, 1913, by the Rockefeller Foundation as its first important act after receiving a charter from the state of New York. Its expressed object is "the promoting of public sanitation and the spread of the knowledge of scientific medicine." Its immediate task contemplates the extension of measures for the relief and control of uncinariasis or hookworm disease to those countries and peoples where conditions invite. This phase of the work is already well under way. Active measures are in progress in several territorial units in the Southern States, Central America, the West Indies, British Guiana and Egypt; and other countries have signified a desire to have the cooperation of the International Health Commission.

In order to give a clear understanding of the plan of organization and the working methods of this commission, I shall review briefly the work of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission,

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