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January 20, 1945

Government Services

JAMA. 1945;127(3):176. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030048017

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National Program of Maternal and Child Health Services  Dr. Martha M. Eliot, associate chief of the Children's Bureau, Department of Labor, reported on January 7 that seventy physicians and professional workers, meeting in Washington as an advisory committee to the Children's Bureau, had endorsed "a nationwide survey of personnel and facilities needed to assure health services to all mothers and children, which will be undertaken by the American Academy of Pediatrics, with the help of the Children's Bureau and the U. S. Public Health Service." Chairmen of the advisory committee were Dr. Nicholson J. Eastman, professor of obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and Dr. Henry F. Helmholz, head of the pediatric section of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. The plan would tie in closely with the postwar "health center" network recommended by the Pepper subcommittee on wartime health and education and would establish for each

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