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July 30, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(13):1198. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960130052020

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To the Editor:—  In view of the increasing interest shown by the medical profession in the activities of the World Health Organization, I would like to pass on my impressions of the Eighth World Health Assembly. For the first time the assembly was held in this hemisphere. Approximately 300 delegates from 75 member countries met in Mexico City, Mexico, from May 10 to May 27 to discuss problems of health throughout the world. I had the privilege to be designated by the American Medical Association to serve on the United States delegation. The most significant assembly decisions regarding program matters concerned promotion of malaria eradication on a global scale, the role of WHO in developing the peaceful uses of atomic energy, and alteration in the requirements of the international sanitary regulations. The increasing resistance to DDT shown by several of the anophelines in different parts of the world points to

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