TO MANY people the American Indian is a legendary figure persisting only in Western lore. In certain areas of this country, however, he is very much a part of the scene. The health problems of the Indian are a major concern of the 315 physicians who staff 51 hospitals, 53 health centers, and over 300 smaller Public Health Service medical facilities for Indians and Alaska natives.1,2
Since the US Public Health Service assumed responsibility for the Indian's health care in 1955, there have been major improvements in the quality and quantity of medical services. Included in this increased activity is the initiation of a program for the care of chronic otitis media, long recognized as a major disability. The three medical centers currently equipped for specialty care of chronic ear disease are the PHS Indian Hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska; Gallup, NM, and Phoenix, Ariz; each functioning as a
Zonis RD. Chronic Otitis Media in the Southwestern American Indian: I. Prevalence. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):360–365. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010362006
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