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April 24, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(17):1424. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940510024012

Interest in gaining community participation in health measures is growing because the desired goals can be more easily attained in this way than in any other.1 The community, whether large or small, is rarely a unified whole but rather consists of a number of groups, each with its own standards of behavior and system of beliefs. In addition to racial, national, and religious groups, there may be alignments based on a community of interests; one group may be interested only in schools; another only in politics; and another, only in social welfare; to say nothing of vast unorganized groups with no special interests. Under these conditions community life loses its vitality and individual members lose their sense of importance. When it is recognized that all public health problems are the direct result of a community's way of life, it can be better appreciated that any solution that does not

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