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October 7, 1961

Voluntary Coordination of Our Expanding Health Effort

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio

From the College of Medicine, Ohio State University.

JAMA. 1961;178(1):51-55. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.73040400009010

ONE OF THE MOST significant phenomena of our time is the astonishing ballooning of our health effort, all over the world. This expansion was sparked by the success of physicians everywhere in the management and prevention of disease as a result of our increasing scientific knowledge. This has led to a terrifying "population explosion," and it has also aroused a keen desire of people everywhere for the benefits which optimum health may bring them.

Another result of all this is the added numbers of nonmedical personnel associated with physicians for the purpose of meeting increased health demands. Among this personnel are scientists of all sorts, who obtain the verifiable information about ourselves and our environment. This basic scientific knowledge is necessary to help physicians meet the rising demands for good health. There are also increasing numbers of specially-trained personnel to aid physicians, both in offices and hospitals, such as clinical