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July 19, 1941

Special Report of the New York State Commission to Formulate a Long Range Health Program on Health Mobilization for Defense

JAMA. 1941;117(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820290076039

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Abstract

Any emergency that focuses the emotions and attention of a nation on a single objective finds a multitude of ideas, individuals and organizations seeking to hitch this emotional energy to diverse programs. It is futile to criticize such a tendency, and it is hard to measure its results. The problems this commission sets itself involve almost everything that concerns health in war or peace from "forming of mobile emergency squads of physicians, surgeons and nurses capable of being immediately transported to any area experiencing a catastrophe" to the "prevention of panic among the civilian population." For this purpose the familiar pattern of a "central agency" with committees in every county representative of all health agencies is suggested. These committees are to determine and evaluate the "health resources in each county," which work, when completed, is to provide the official authorities "with a blueprint of the health facilities in each county."

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