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October 26, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(17):1457-1458. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810430047016

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Effective presentation of health exhibits has been achieved in only a few places, notably at recent world's fairs. Chicago's Century of Progress, the New York World's Fair and the Golden Gate International Exposition, as well as fairs held at Dallas, San Diego and the Great Lakes Exposition at Cleveland, contained health exhibits of notable attractiveness. At all these fairs, exhibits by the American Medical Association were prominent in the display.

The health museum idea is not an innovation. Quacks have used adaptations of it for centuries. Permanent health exhibits have been established from time to time in connection with several leading general museums. Small exhibits have been held in many localities by numerous health agencies. As long ago as 1920, efforts were made on a small scale to establish a health museum in the Harlem district in New York. The Dresden Museum of Hygiene in Germany and the Wunder des

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