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April 22, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(16):1596-1600. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800160060017


AN ANALYSIS OF THE WAGNER NATIONAL HEALTH BILL OF 1939  J. N. BAKER, M.D.Member, House of Delegates, American Medical Association, and Alabama State Health Officer MONTGOMERY, ALA.Just a few weeks ago—on February 28, to be exact— the senior Senator from New York, Hon. Robert F. Wagner, introduced in Congress a measure of farreaching importance to the people of the United States and particularly to the people of the South. This measure, known as the National Health Act of 1939, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Labor and is now awaiting action by that committee and later by the two houses of Congress.The chief purpose of this measure, as described in its preamble, is "to provide for the general welfare by enabling the several states to make more adequate provision for public health, prevention and control of disease, maternal and child