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November 20, 1943

Distribution of Health Services in the Structure of State Government

JAMA. 1943;123(12):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470063029

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This is the direct inheritor of the subject matter and critical consideration of state health services first put into book form by Dr. Henry I. Bowditch and presented by him in his address at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 (Hygiene in America, Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1877). Dr. Bowditch by personal correspondence and acquaintance with leading physicians and some other citizens of prominence across the continent gathered and presented the first account of the quantity and something of the quality of sanitary and communicable disease control in our states and territories of the post-Civil War period. This was followed by the classic report by Dr. Henry V. Chapin in 1915, published by the American Medical Association, describing the activities, equipment and accomplishments of the various state boards of health. In 1929 the U. S. Public Health Service published as Bulletin 184 the results of a survey made

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