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October 25, 1947

MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN ALASKAA Report by a Group Sent by the American Medical Association

JAMA. 1947;135(8):500-510. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.62890080001008

The advisory committee of the American Medical Association to the Department of the Interior appointed a team to study the over-all medical conditions and problems of the territory of Alaska and to render such special advice and aid as could be given.

Alaska was toured for a period of three weeks. The team arrived in Anchorage July 19 and completed its tour on August 9. The following sites were visited: Anchorage, Seward, Bethel, a native village on the Kuskokwim River, Unalakleet, Nome, Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, Kotzebue, Point Barrow, Tanana, Fairbanks, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Ketchikan and Metlakatla. A total of about 4,500 miles was traveled in Alaska.

The team was capably guided by Dr. C. Earl Albrecht and Dr. Leo Gerhig of the Territorial Department of Health and Dr. Howard Rufus of the Alaska Native Service. Physicians of the Alaska Native Service, as well as private practitioners, were consulted

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