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May 1, 1943


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Editor, Journal American Medical Association and Hygeia, the Health Magazine CHICAGO

JAMA. 1943;122(1):30-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840180032011

Starvation and epidemics do not recognize national or racial boundaries. Typhus in Russia, plague in China, dysentery in Africa or famine in Greece may mean disaster to Italy, Germany, Japan or the United States. Before this war is over the people of the totalitarian governments will awaken to the fundamental biologic truth that in a world like ours every man is his brother's keeper.

The statesmen who are concerned primarily with the economic rehabilitation of the war-torn world have recognized the vital character of medicine's contribution. In an address made by Sumner Welles, Undersecretary of State, at Rio de Janeiro on January 15, he said:

My government believes that we must begin now to execute plans, vital to the human defense of the hemisphere, for the improvement of health and sanitary conditions, the provision and maintenance of adequate supplies of food, milk and water, and the effective control of insect-borne

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