March 13, 1967

Health Is a Community Affair

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn


Report of the National Commission on Community Health Services, 252 pp, with 4 illus, cloth $5, paper $2.25, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1966.

JAMA. 1967;199(11):864. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120110136043

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An exhaustive compilation of the problems facing progress in the nation's medical care would be exhausting reading, were it not for the extraordinary timeliness of this report and its recommendations. It is the result of a two-year study undertaken by the National Commission on Community Health Services, a private corporation sponsored by The American Public Health Association and the National Health Council, reported to the President in April 1966 by its Chairman, Marion B. Folsom. The Commission drew its report from three sources: (1) the recommendation of six task forces, consisting of national figures of some ability, experience and repute, drawn together to consider major issues, (2) a study of 21 communities extending across the country, and (3) the reaction of 1,000 "community leaders" to the issues raised.

The report struggles with its mass of data reasonably well and with reasonable organization. Structured around 14 "conclusions" drawn from the Commission's