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May 8, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(2):146-147. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360028010

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The National Health Assembly which heralded the beginning of May in Washington, D. C., established what is apparently a new record for such conferences. Definite efforts were made to ascertain points of view, to attach proper weight to each of them, and on the basis of the evidence submitted, to propose recommendations which might be considered objectives or goals in advancing health during the next ten years. Previous conferences have been suspect of having propaganda in behalf of certain proposals leading to legislation as their prime motivation. If that was the original intent of the National Health Assembly of 1948, and it seemed to be such when the proposed assembly, its financial supporters and executive committee were announced a few months ago, the subsequent developments and the final action taken have resolved the doubts and anxieties. For this credit should be be assigned perhaps to Mr. Ewing and his associates, notably Dr. Howard Kline, who evolved from the original executive committee of twenty-four members with only one physician a final committee aggregating thirty-nine with official representation for the American Hospital Association,

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