JAMA. 1956;160(4):292. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960390042014.
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The Commission on Chronic Illness, founded in 1949, will terminate its activities as an incorporated organization on June 16, 1956. Its founders (the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, and the American Public Welfare Association) hoped that the commission would complete its work in five years or less, but it took just seven years, and now it believes that its functions can best be carried on by the founding organizations and other permanent agencies concerned with chronic illness. The 30 men and women now constituting the commission represent industry, agriculture, education, welfare, religion, journalism, law, labor, public health, medicine, hospitals, government, and the public. In addition, the commission members and staff have enjoyed the services of 41 expert technical advisers. The commission will meet for the last time in New York in February.

Among the major projects undertaken by the commission have been a


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