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October 30, 1943

Government Services

JAMA. 1943;123(9):579. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840440061020

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Dr. Foard Placed in Charge of Western Public Health District  Dr. Fred T. Foard, surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service, has been assigned as medical director for the Western district of the public health service, which includes the states of Idaho, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas, with central headquarters in Denver.

Civilian Health Good, Says Report  Statistics of the U. S. Public Health Service show that the lowest death rate on record, 10.3 per thousand, was recorded in 1942, according to a report released by the Office of War Information. The birth rate was 20.7 in 1942 as compared with 18.7 per thousand in 1941. The maternal mortality rate dropped for the thirteenth consecutive year to about three deaths per thousand live births in 1942. Infant mortality also continued to drop. For the first six months of 1943, however, statistics indicate slightly less favorable conditions as reflected by communicable

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