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February 13, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(7):560. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780070044017

Results will apparently soon be available in the survey of chronic diseases inaugurated by the United States Public Health Service Oct. 1, 1935.1 Field work of the survey was closed June 30, 1936. October 1 recording and card punching of the data gathered were about 50 per cent complete for the inventory as a whole. The chronic and disabling illness study comprises 867,000 family schedules, representing some three million persons. It covers a population from a third larger to a hundred times larger than that reported in previous surveys of comparable character. Among the previous surveys are the health and depression studies made by the U. S. Public Health Service in 1931 and 1933, covering 6,686 families and 28,959 persons. The study by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care covered only 8,758 families representing 39,183 persons, and a similar survey by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in

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