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To the Editor:
—I have read the text of the Owen bill as published in The Journal (April 26, p. 1320) and am heartily in favor of its provisions. I think, however, that there is one important omission. By all means, it seems to me, the medical department of the U. S. Indian Service should be taken over by the new Department of Health. There are many reasons why this should be done.In the first place, the Indian Medical Service, taken as a whole, is wofully inefficient and is not getting results commensurate with the money being spent or the work being done; and this does not mean that the Indian Service doctors are either overpaid or overworked. It simply means that even the small salaries paid and the small amount of work being done are largely wasted because the whole effort is misdirected. The medical service furnished to
Wimberly GW. Advantage of Including the Indian Service in the Proposed Department of Health. JAMA. 1913;60(20):1558. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340200048028
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