In May 1947 the Secretary of the Interior requested several members of the American Medical Association to consult with him about what measures might be taken to improve the medical care of the indigent in certain portions of the United States and outlying regions. At this conference, which included the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association, Dr. Morris Fishbein and Dr. George Lull, the Secretary of the Interior, Mr. J. A. Krug, requested this group to organize medical missions to include those to Alaska and to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Dr. W. A. Morgan, attached to the office of the Secretary of the Interior, was made the secretary of this group and accompanied the mission to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The mission to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as organized included:
Dr. W. L. Benedict, Chief of the Eye