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November 25, 1939

THE PLATFORM OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1939;113(22):1966-1968. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800470042011

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Abstract

In the various actions of the House of Delegates during the special session held in Chicago in September last year, and again at the meeting in St. Louis, certain constructive proposals were made which had the full approval of the House of Delegates. Now the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association has formulated these concepts into a constructive platform for the American Medical Association. This platform is set up as a guide to indicate the trend which the American Medical Association believes should be followed in the development of health activities and medical care for the people of the United States.

The establishment of an agency of federal government under which shall be coordinated and administered all medical and health functions of the federal government exclusive of those of the Army and Navy.

Today the medical and health functions of the United States are divided among a multiplicity of departments, bureaus and federal agencies. Thus, the United States Public Health Service is in the Federal Security Agency ; the Children's Bureau in the Department of Labor; the Food and Drug Administration in

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