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September 8, 1928


Author Affiliations

Surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service NASHVILLE, TENN.

JAMA. 1928;91(10):717-720. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700100029008

This subject has received much attention in recent years, but the problem still remains a very definite one, both from the standpoint of the organization seeking the right type of man and from the point of view of the graduate in medicine desiring to enter the field of public health. In many states there has been a very rapid increase in the number of county health departments, thus emphasizing the ever-present problem of securing trained health officers. The plan of meeting the situation in Tennessee, though still in the experimental stage, is here presented for whatever value it may have as a contribution to the subject, but more especially to stimulate discussion on the whole problem.

PERSONNEL AND PROGRAM OF COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT  The personnel for the average county of 25,000 population consists of a medical health officer, a public health nurse, a sanitary officer and a clerk, all giving

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