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The Sixth Annual Conference on Rural Health at Memphis excited favorable comment from those in attendance, who pointed out that reported experience of communities in solving their own health problems would result in similar efforts elsewhere. The bottleneck in many of these excursions in local citizenship cooperation too often has been lack of understanding that local physicians as citizens have much to contribute to community improvement.
The Committee on Rural Health was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association in June 1945, at the invitation of the board of directors of the American Farm Bureau Federation, who desired help in improving the health conditions of rural America. Since the turn of the century the number of rural physicians had been rapidly declining, through death, disability and retirement. Relatively few recent graduates were hanging their shingles in the villages. This alarming situation had been a matter of
SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON RURAL HEALTH. JAMA. 1951;145(14):1069–1070. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320043014
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