Prophecy is hazardous. It is so much simpler to assemble our information, state what has occurred in the past, and allow each one to draw his own conclusions as to what will probably occur in the future. At times, however, certain facts stand out so vividly that we are forced to draw at least a tentative conclusion from our past experience and project the results of this conclusion into our future programs.
In considering the growth and development of county health work in the United States, certain facts stand out which are acceptable to all—a common ground on which our thesis may be built. Every one is agreed that local full-time health service in the United States with the county as the administrative unit has passed the experimental stage and is now established on a firm basis. Dec. 31, 1926, there were 341 county health units in the United States,
SMILLIE WG. FUTURE OF COUNTY HEALTH WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. JAMA. 1927;89(13):1034–1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130022009
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