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July 19, 1941


Author Affiliations

Chairman, Health and Medical Committee, Federal Security Agency LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1941;117(3):177-179. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820290005006

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The part of the medical profession in the National Defense Program is an important one. Without health, participants in industrial production and members of the armed forces become liabilities rather than assets. The American workman loses on an average eight work days a year from illness, the aggregate number of such days so lost reaching the astounding figure of three hundred and forty million, or more than a million work years a year. The armed forces of the United States during World War I suffered a loss of six million, eight hundred thousand work days from venereal disease. These staggering totals on two fronts alone graphically indicate the size and the importance of the task that confronts American medicine. The vast amount of highly specialized, scientific knowledge accumulated by the medical profession in relation both to prevention and to cure of disease is capable of enormously enhancing the strength and

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