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November 16, 1957

Chronic Illness in the United States. Volume I: Prevention of Chronic Illness

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290153030

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The control of chronic illness is one of the major problems facing American medicine. Long-term disorders have risen sharply in frequency as one after another of the various acute diseases, particularly those resulting from infections, nutritional deficiencies, and faulty sanitation, have receded. The Commission on Chronic Illness was founded in 1949 by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Public Welfare Association. In addition to these founder groups, many influential organizations and many individuals have supported this work. The results of seven years of intensive study are now being made available.

This first volume presents the conclusions of the Commission with emphasis on prevention. Part 1 outlines 21 conclusions and recommendations which the Commission adopted in February, 1956. Part 2 outlines the summaries on the preventive aspects of the most common long-term diseases. Most of the summaries have a satisfactory, but

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