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March 8, 1947


JAMA. 1947;133(10):702-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880100046015

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ANNUAL REPORT OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE  In the annual report of the U. S. Public Health Service the Surgeon General states that the fiscal year ended June 30, 1946 was notable for three milestones in the history of public health: (1) passage of the Hospital Surgery and Construction Act, (2) passage of the National Mental Health Act and (3) drafting a constitution for the World Health Organization.The Hospital Survey and Construction Act provides for extensive federal aid to the states in surveying their needs for hospitals and health centers and for the construction of facilities to meet these needs.The National Mental Health Act authorizes the appropriation of $7,500,000 for the construction of a National Institute of Mental Health which is to conduct research, serve as a national center for the coordination of research and the exchange of information and provide advance training for specialists in

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