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June 4, 1938

Medical News

JAMA. 1938;110(23):1930-1934. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790230046020

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New Health District.—  The East Alabama Health District, including the counties of Bullock, Chambers, Lee, Macon, Randolph, Russell and Tallapoosa, has recently been organized with headquarters at Opelika. The new unit is the outgrowth of a field training base at Opelika, which has been conducted by the state department of health. In connection with the unit the Rockefeller Foundation has for several years sponsored a clinical research study in tuberculosis, placing particular emphasis on the incidence of this disease in a typical rural southern county and on practical methods of dealing with the problem in the absence of adequate hospital facilities. The new health district aims to serve as a practical teaching center and a demonstration area for specialistic health services. Of the population of approximately 212,000 in the area, about 100,000 persons are white and 112,000 are Negroes. The Rockefeller Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund are providing financial

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