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June 30, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(9):666-667. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260040015

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Currently the demand for health services in industry is greater than the medical and allied professions are prepared to meet. Will this interest maintain itself after the stimulation of war production is over? Reconversion has already curtailed medical activity in a few war plants; on the whole, however, optimism is warranted as to the postwar course of industrial medicine. Certainly governmental agencies, committed to capacity peacetime employment and production, are not likely to moderate present activity in industrial hygiene or workmen's compensation. At the moment proposals are under consideration to expand industrial hygiene services in both federal and state health agencies to a considerable degree, through earmarked allotments in the budget of the U. S. Public Health Service. Furthermore, legislation now under consideration would make available to all federal employees occupational health services similar to those furnished by private industry. Extension into the states and municipalities will provide service to

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