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NATIONAL HEALTH BASED ON LOCAL HEALTH UNITS

HAVEN EMERSON, M.D.; REGINALD M. ATWATER, M.D.
JAMA. 1945;127(7):374-377. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860070006002.
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It is almost two years to a day since the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association resolved "That the Trustees be urged to use all appropirate resources and influences of the Association to the end that, at the earliest possible date, complete coverage of the national area and population by local full time modern health services be achieved."

Resolutions of identical intent were passed by the American Public Health Association in October 1942 and by the Conference of State and Provincial Health Authorities of North America in March 1944. Since the creation in August 1942 of a Committee on Local Health Units of the American Public Health Association, considerable progress has been made in assembling pertinent facts and in obtaining consideration and support from state health officers for a pattern of local health services which gives promise of a reasonable satisfaction of the resolution as soon as medical,

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