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February 14, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(7):473-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890240039011

The need for local public health units to provide the six traditional preventive medical services throughout the nation has long been recognized by the members of the medical profession. The optimum size of such units and the areas to be included have been unanswered questions. Now a blueprint for the nation has been developed by the American Public Health Association.1 Twelve hundred units, each embracing from one to six counties and at least 50,000 persons, will do the job at an estimated cost of $1 per capita per year. A unit composed of a health officer, a sanitary engineer, public health nurses and auxiliary personnel will bring measures for control of communicable disease, sanitary supervision and advice, child and maternity welfare efforts, public health laboratory services, vital statistics service and public health education to every community, rural and urban. This report of Dr. Haven Emerson's committee has received the