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June 4, 1949


JAMA. 1949;140(5):493. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900400047020

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To the Editor:—  One of the objectives of the American Medical Association which has been stressed a great deal lately is public health education. What may be a doctor's role in such a program? One of the finest avenues open is health teaching in a college or university. Our belated interest in public relations can receive impetus from this contact with the public, teaching hundreds of impressionable young students in a wholesome atmosphere away from the sickroom and office. Such an experience will be pleasurable and beneficial to all concerned.There are many fields of health taught in a university in which the knowledge of the physician is invaluable. At the University of Utah last year, three thousand students in a student body of ten thousand took courses in health. Except for a few hundred in the field of school health education, all these students were taught by busy practicing

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