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March 27, 1937

ORGANIZATION SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Organizational, Business, Economic and Social Aspects of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(13):65B-72B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130185039

Works Progress Administration Activities 

National Health Inventory.—  The National Health Inventory represents a broad attack on certain more general problems of public health by the method of fact finding and analysis. Surveys of similar nature have been a regular part of the functions of the United States Public Health Service for many years, but nothing comparable in scope or in size of population covered has ever before been attempted.The objectives and procedures of the Public Health Service in this project have been set forth in the pages of The Journal on a previous occasion and may be assumed to be known to the profession. The present report will deal with accomplishments to date. The field work was completed in June 1936.The inventory called for four surveys:

  1. A house to house canvass in representative areas, including ninety cities and twenty-three rural districts, to ascertain the extent and nature of disability