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August 22, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(8):509-511. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730080001001

Some time ago the name of this section was changed from Preventive Medicine and Public Health so as to include Industrial Medicine. The resulting title may seem somewhat cumbersome, but it is significant and gratifying that the American Medical Association, recognizing the true relationship of industrial medicine to the other divisions of medical science, identified it as properly belonging in this section.

If one glances over a list of the sections of the Association, it becomes apparent that most of these are concerned with the individual as such and are differentiated largely on a basis of anatomic structure. The public health section centers its energy on the group and the interrelationship of the units of a group. Out of the realization that the close association of individuals is in itself a major factor in the etiology of disease has come the development of public health services, a coordinated application of

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