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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):91B-98B. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130211042

Rural Medical Service 

Note.—  This is the twelfth of a series of articles on Rural Medical Service, prepared by the Bureau of Medical Economics of the Association, which is to be published weekly in the American Medical Association Organization Section. When completed, the series will be available in reprint form on request at the headquarters of the Association.—Ed.Even a superficial examination of the medical writings of the last 100 years will indicate that there has scarcely been a time or a place, in Western nations at least, when there have not been complaints of a lack of medical service in rural districts. Moreover, the extent and vociferousness of this complaint seem to bear no particular relation to available medical facilities, unless, as sometimes appears probable, the complaint becomes more vocal as the facilities increase.Wherever human nature is involved, emotion will always be mixed with logic. Birth, sickness,