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April 30, 1955

The Health of Regionville: What the People Thought and Did About It

JAMA. 1955;157(18):1660-1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350074034

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The author devoted four years to a survey of an economically average rural and small town area in an Eastern state. One gets the impression that the survey was designed to support the predetermined concept "that social class consciousness determines in large measure health needs and medical care." Since the study was under the direction of sociologists, we must expect ideas, techniques, methods, and conclusions to be subject to the interpretation of sociologic thinking. The author has done an excellent job in this respect. The survey represented the individual family experience and opinion elicited not only once but 16 times at four-month intervals. A panel of 514 families out of a total of 2,400 scattered over the treatment area was enlisted for this sampling.

The data concerning medical resources and the habits and reactions of the citizens to illness are used not to find a better usage, if possible, but

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