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September 1, 1956

Hunterdon Medical Center: The Story of One Approach to Rural Medical Care

JAMA. 1956;162(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180081030

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This well-written book is a fascinating story of the effort to solve the problem of community medical care in a rural county in New Jersey. The author was the first director of and had a close association with the project for five years. In the beginning, this county, with a population of 45,000 people, had no hospital within its confines. The planners of this project believed that there was a need for such an institution and proceeded with imagination and hard work to develop a center. It is interesting and informative to read about the early experiences in the education of the people of this county regarding the needs for good medical care. Equally interesting is the emphasis on the fact that here was an opportunity to set up a center that would play an active part in providing comprehensive medical care for the citizens of the county and that,

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