The rapid expansion and great diversity of medical facilities and personnel in this country since the turn of the century is shown in this latest publication of the Brookings Institution. The purpose of this volume is, according to the author, to serve as a "bench mark" by which to measure future developments in the nation's health. Dr. Bachman was assisted in this study by a large staff of experts.
Coming at this time, when a dozen or more organizations ranging from private groups to quasigovernmental, even highly political, commissions are undertaking studies into the various phases of health, the great importance of this volume is evident. It contains a wealth of basic material, the result of three years' endeavor, and the sifting of many thousands of pages of original data, facts, and figures supplied by more than 700 public and private organizations working in the field of health.