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February 15, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(7):479-480. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880070043014

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A revision of the Taft-Smith-Ball bill introduced this week is, in its general framework, similar to its predecessor. Senator Donnell has joined as a sponsor and two significant revisions are made.

In the original bill the Administrator of the National Health Agency was to be either a doctor of medicine with at least eight years of experience in the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service or a doctor of medicine licensed to practice medicine in one or more of the states, with at least five years of active practice and three years of experience in a responsible position in medical research, teaching or administration. The new bill will provide that the administrator must be a "doctor of medicine licensed to practice in one or more of the states and who is outstanding in the field of medicine."

Again, in the bill introduced in the Seventy-Ninth Congress, the

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