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December 21, 1940

Public Health Administration in the United States

JAMA. 1940;115(25):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810510080032

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Since the first edition of this book appeared five years ago there have been some extraordinary developments in public health administration in the United States. Some of these have been associated with new scientific information, such as that regarding scarlet fever, measles, influenza, the venereal diseases and particularly pneumonia. The relationship of nutrition to the public health has become more clearly defined, and the modern health department is greatly concerned with the general nutritional state of the people. The Social Security Act of 1935 revolutionized our national health program and modified greatly the administration of public health procedures. Dr. Smillie has reflected these changes in the new edition of his book, and he discusses the consolidation of the gains that have been made and the possibilities for the future. There is no longer any necessity for discussion as to the place of the public health officer in modern civic organization.

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