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November 9, 1912

HOSPITALS AND THE HEALTH PROBLEM: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE NEEDS OF RURAL AMERICA

Author Affiliations

SPENCER, IOWA

JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1701-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110115015
Abstract

What is America's health problem? Briefly, it is to prevent preventable disease, cure curable disease, relieve suffering, prolong life and to do all these things in the most intelligent, satisfactory and economical manner possible. Toward the solution of this problem much is being done by states and cities through more and more efficient health departments; a part of the public press is giving generously of its space for the dissemination of knowledge pertaining to health and disease; the church is concerning itself with the problem in a manner that augurs well for the future, as, witness, Hospital Sunday, Tuberculosis Sunday, and health sermons based not on fads and fancies but on facts.

MORE COUNTRY HOSPITALS NEEDED  It is not my purpose to deal with the question of prevention, except to point out how necessary it is to care for and cure disease in order to prevent it. I shall have accomplished

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