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May 19, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(3):170-173. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860200010003

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The growing power of inter-American cooperation is manifest not only in the waging of war against the Axis nations but also in the marshaling of forces for scientific and economic progress in this hemisphere. Now as never before the people of the Americas are working together for advancement of the common good through preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health and efficiency, with concomitant development of commercial relations.

In the tropical countries health measures have special significance as a basis for economic progress, as experience has amply demonstrated. The provision of maximum health, with its attendant benefits, must in the final analysis be guided by local men trained in local medical schools and hospitals. The support and strengthening of national institutions is of primary importance in the practice of inter-American cooperation in medicine.

In the past the southern countries were linked more closely with Europe than with the United States.

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