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March 15, 1952


JAMA. 1952;148(11):942-943. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110064018

STATEMENT OF A. M. A. REPRESENTATIVE ON PROPOSED NEW DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BEFORE SENATE COMMITTEE  Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee: My name is Walter B. Martin. I am engaged in the active practice of medicine in Norfolk, Va., and am also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. I am appearing here today on behalf of that Association in opposition to S. 1140, 82d Congress. This bill, which is intended primarily to effect the medical recommendations of the Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government, would provide for the transfer of various federal medical services to a new Department of Health. The major health services included would be the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans Administration, most of the hospitals and other medical facilities of the armed services, and the United States Public Health Service. A secretary

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