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March 30, 1946


JAMA. 1946;130(13):861. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870130035013

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Adopted by the Board of Trustees and the Council on Medical Service, Feb. 14, 1946

  1. The American Medical Association urges a MINIMUM STANDARD OF NUTRITION, HOUSING, CLOTHING AND RECREATION as fundamental to good health and as an objective to be achieved in any suitable health program. The responsibility for attainment of this standard should be placed as far as possible on the individual, but the application of community effort, compatible with the maintenance of free enterprise, should be encouraged with governmental aid where needed.

  2. The provision of PREVENTIVE MEDICAL SERVICES through professionally competent health departments with sufficient staff and equipment to meet community needs is recognized as essential in a health program. The principle of federal aid through provision of funds or personnel is recognized with the understanding that local areas shall control their own agencies as has been established in the field of education. Health departments should

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