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April 7, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(14):929-932. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860140047013

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)April 2, 1945.

World Health Department to Be Discussed at San Francisco  Second in importance to world peace will be plans for an international health organization to be discussed at the United Nations conference in San Francisco, Washington authorities believe. Foreign Policy Association experts express the view that such a health agency would rank next to military precautions as a means of maintaining peace. Health authorities recall the influenza epidemics that followed the first world war and point out that such developments as DDT and penicillin have helped to keep down disease in this war. Recent world health surveys point to the need of coordination of health control measures. Tuberculosis has become prevalent in devastated areas. Malnutrition is widespread. Breakdown of sanitation in bombed areas is a great potential peril to world health. Even before this war malaria, tuberculosis, nutritional diseases, syphilis and other

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