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February 26, 1949


JAMA. 1949;139(9):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900260033011

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Recently the Committee on Expenditures of the House of Representatives held hearings on the creation of a cabinet post for health, education and welfare. First to appear was Mr. Oscar Ewing, who spoke in favor of such a cabinet position. Newspapers generally report that Mr. Ewing is himself a candidate for this cabinet office. The American Medical Association was represented at the hearings by Dr. John W. Green of California. Dr. Green emphasized the record of the American Medical Association since 1884, urging the creation of a separate department of health under a cabinet officer. Repeatedly representatives of the American Medical Association have petitioned Congress and various presidents of the United States urging such consolidation of health activities. Dr. Green pointed out that an examination of the various proposals to group health activities of the federal government under one head indicates that this may be accomplished in a number of

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