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July 30, 1949

Public Health in the World Today

JAMA. 1949;140(13):1131-1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900480061028

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Man, following wars, usually takes a heightened interest in the health of his fellow man. In 1947 and 1948 the Harvard School of Public Health presented twenty-four guest speakers on public health and related subjects. The speeches are divided into four successive subjects: (1) The Profession of Public Health; (2) Public Health in the United States Today; (3) Public Health Programs and Problems Abroad, and (4) Public Health in a New Era.

The history of medicine and nutrition is traced to the present. Although the role of the doctor as leader is undeniable, much of the problem today is outside his domain—in the fields of education, economics and sociology.

The second section, tracing the history of the public health service in the United States since 1798, shows vast organizations at work. The needs are summarized as education of the public, further development of the new field of industrial medicine and

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