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November 16, 1929


Author Affiliations

County Health Officer LOS ANGELES

JAMA. 1929;93(20):1546-1550. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710200030008

In presenting the development of the health center plan in Los Angeles County, California, it is clearly understood that conditions differ materially in various sections of this country, but the basic principles of public health organization are the same. While in this paper I shall deal with local conditions as they relate to my experience, the principles involved are of considerable importance throughout the United States. The need for a more definite integration of the many types of health promoting agencies and the mobilization of our financial resources in order to speed up the production of service to the people is of critical importance throughout the country. Especially is this true in relation to adequate public health and medical service in the smaller cities and rural districts in many sections. While science has produced the knowledge and technic to prolong human life, the administrative machinery to make this technic applicable

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