Medicine: Health of the Nation

"Generally good health conditions [prevailed] throughout the U. S. [last year];' reported Surgeon General Hugh Smith Cumming of the U. S. Public Health Service last week.

But pellagra has been increasing for several years. Infantile paralysis increased last summer. Smallpox too has been increasing.

Also displeasing to Dr. Cumming is the fact that only one out of four country people have adequate, properly organized local health service. He declared that local health service is far more important than any campaign against a special disease. Pleasing was the reorganization of the Hygienic Laboratory as the...

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