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April 2, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(14):1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680400036014

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Representatives of almost one hundred voluntary, official and professional organizations interested in preventive medicine and in public health education met last week at the headquarters of the American Medical Association at the call of the Board of Trustees. The primary purposes of this meeting were coordination of effort with avoidance of duplication in public health work and the reaching of a better understanding as to the specific opportunities and duties in this field for each of the organizations concerned. That clashes have occurred in the past among representatives of these groups is not a secret. In some instances, physicians have felt that the efforts of volunteer agencies and of official agencies were leading to forms of medical practice that could only be detrimental to the public. In other instances, public health officials have felt that volunteer agencies had infringed on their prerogatives or that physicians had not properly cooperated for

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