Medicine: Tarheel Health

Midway through World War II, North Carolinians got some embarrassing news: nearly half the men called to the state draft boards for induction were being turned down as 4-Fs. It was the poorest record in the country. Aroused Tarheels organized a North Carolina Good Health Association, gave themselves a thorough examination and discovered they were in worse shape than they had imagined. Almost one-third of North Carolina's 100 counties were without hospitals, the state stood eighth highest in maternal death rate, tenth in infant mortality, third from the bottom in number of doctors per capita. North Carolina medical schools were turning...

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