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March 29, 1941

Proceedings of the National Conference of Social Work

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130150040

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The steadily increasing size of the volume of Proceedings and the widening scope of subjects covered is indicative of changes that are taking place in the field of social work. A paper by George St. J. Perrott on Health and Medical Services Under Existing Federal-State Programs in the Section of Health and Medical Care surveys the expansion of government activity in the public health service where "the number of counties having a full-time medical health officer had reached a total of 1,371 in 1939 as compared with 594 in 1935." The expansion of programs of venereal disease control, maternal and child health, crippled children and public assistance shows the growing extent of government programs for health services. Michael M. Davis in a discussion of What State Legislation Does a National Health Program Demand? calls attention to the program of the organized medical profession in the field of voluntary health insurance

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