Medicine: Lesson from Hawaii

Best health record in the world is that of the 87,000 workers on the plantations of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. Their infant-mortality rate, prime index of health status, was only 16 infant deaths per 1,000 live births last year—enough to make any health officer whistle.* When the owners began the medical program in 1929, the rate on a typical plantation was 160.6 among half a dozen nationalities: Filipinos, Japanese, a conglomerate of Hawaiians, Chinese and Caucasians, a sprinkling of Portuguese and Puerto Ricans.

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