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June 26, 1937

Rural Health Practice

JAMA. 1937;108(26):2249-2250. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780260077028

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While one may disagree with the author in his attitudes toward a number of fundamental concepts of public health work, it is a pleasure to commend the clear, orderly, comprehensive, understanding and wise presentation that he has made of the practical problems of the health officer in a rural community. The author, in this work as in others, believes in certain principles that do not meet with agreement among physicians in general, such as his approval, at least in part, of making the public health administration a division of a department of public welfare, his approval of the principle of "extra state" funds for local health work, and his rather sweeping condemnation of the principle of health districts, which in at least three states are giving satisfactory service. It is not likely that, even "ultimately," all of the three thousand odd counties of the United States should have full time

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