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December 22, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(17):1161-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860510001008

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Note.—  This article was prepared especially forThe Journal. It indicates opportunities and responsibilities in the field of public health.—Ed.The nation needs physicians to man its state and local health departments. At this time of demobilization, young medical officers especially are urged to give consideration to useful careers in public health.A recent survey conducted by the Public Health Service reveals that there are 3,000 full time medical positions in state and local health departments. Nearly 900 of these positions are now vacant. Half of these vacant positions are being held for individuals on leave in the military services. The other half are vacancies without restrictions waiting to be filled by qualified physicians.These positions call for people with special training in public health. Already the several

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