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April 24, 1937

On the State of the Public Health: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health for the Year 1935

JAMA. 1937;108(17):1462. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780170080040

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In this annual report, Sir Arthur MacNalty makes available the vital statistics of Great Britain for the year 1935. The report is of special interest because it is concerned not only with the records of population and infectious disease but also with maternity and child welfare, the insurance medical service, the relationship of food to health and disease, and, finally, medical research. In the report on the insurance medical service it is pointed out that 8,000,000 insured persons seek medical attendance and that over 50,000,000 attendances are given each year by the doctors. During 1935 there were 157 cases of complaints regarding the adequacy of the service in that year. In 1935 the number of insured persons was 15,869,000 and the number of insured practitioners was 16,600. The total cost, exclusive of administration, was £9,449,900. The authorities are somewhat disturbed over the gradual increase in the prescribing of drugs, which

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