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December 24, 1927


Author Affiliations

Secretary and State Health Officer North Carolina State Board of Health RALEIGH, N. C.

JAMA. 1927;89(26):2181-2183. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690260029009

A critical analysis of county health work among other things develops the following thoughts:

First, the undertaking is so recent that it is admittedly an infant not yet out of its swaddling clothes. The work began in 1911. The year ended with no more than two counties undertaking it. In 1912 only four counties were organized. It has been only fifteen years since the pioneers blazed the trail. The year 1927 finds more than 300 counties with whole-time health organizations. The necessity for the work has long been apparent. The feasibility of the work has been proved. The appraisal of the work shows assets so far in excess of liabilities that its permanence is universally admitted. The wide dissemination of health education, the realization of the value of a man as a productive machine, the expense attached to the development of a new-born baby into a productive human being, have