State and local medical societies are taking an active part in launching chronic illness activities throughout the country, according to a recent survey by the Commission on Chronic Illness. Statewide studies of the chronic illness problem have been made with medical society cooperation in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland and New York. The New Jersey Medical Society is advising the Governor's Committee on Chronic Illness in that state, and in Indiana a recently appointed Governor's Committee on which the Indiana Medical Association is represented is now getting underway. Three state societies, North Carolina, Minnesota and Ohio, recently appointed chronic illness committees. In Wisconsin the medical society has been working actively to develop chronic illness legislation for some time. Replies to the commission's questionnaire from the New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Rhode Island societies indicate considerable interest in establishment of chronic illness committees in those states.
Although chronic illness affects all age