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Here is a record of the various voluntary public health agencies in the United States with information concerning their histories, backgrounds and place in our social organization. The national society of medical origin in the United States with the longest continued existence is the American Psychiatric Association, organized in 1844; next is the American Medical Association in 1847. The three chapters on the basic characteristics, backgrounds and social awakening related to voluntary public health organizations are most interesting. The discussions are succinct and yet fully informative. The book constitutes one of the best references thus far available in the field it concerns.
National Health Agencies: A Survey with Especial Reference to Voluntary Associations. JAMA. 1945;129(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350098034
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