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America 1940-1949: Medicine and Health Research Article from American Decades

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A New Age of American Medicine.

Medicine and the Federal Government.

Shortages.

Physicians' Salaries.

Public Health.

Polio.

Medical Costs.

Medicine as a Metaphor for Progress.

The groundwork was laid in the 1940s for many changes in medical practice because of the expansion of knowledge and the improvement of equipment. Hospitals began to become the center of practice, leading to a proliferating number of specialists, a staggering increase in costs, and a decrease in the number of family doctors. The increase in the government's expenditures and the success of medical scientific research during the decade left Americans with the impression that adequate financing could speed up the conquest of disease. In the 1940s medicine became a metaphor for progress in the minds of Americans.

Sources:

James Bordley III and A. McGehee Harvey, Two Centuries of American Medicine (Philadelphia: Saunders, 1976);

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Bicentennial...

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