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JAMA. 1940;114(3):250-251. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810030050014.
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On invitation of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the committee appointed by the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association to confer with federal representatives relative to the proposed National Health Program visited the White House in Washington to discuss the plan for the construction of hospitals with federal funds, first suggested by the President December 21. Representing the American Medical Association on this occasion were the chairman of this committee, Dr. Irvin Abell, and as members Drs. Walter F. Donaldson, Frederic Sondern, Walter E. Vest, Fred W. Rankin and Edward H. Cary and Dr. Austin A. Hayden, appointed by the Speaker of the House to take the place of Dr. Henry Luce, who was ill and unable to attend. Also in attendance to represent the Association were Drs. Olin West, secretary; R. G. Leland, of the Bureau of Medical Economics, and W. D. Cutter, of the Council on Medical


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