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volumes of outstanding analyses and recommendations, unfortunately based on old figures and facts, as the Commission did not make any new surveys on sickness or do any fresh studies.

Q:

What were the figures they used?

Lasker:

Oh, some of them were done in the '30s. You see, we couldn't get the Survey of Sickness Bill through, so there was no mechanism for surveying what the...

Q:

It would have taken a stupendous effort to collect...

Lasker:

Yes, it would have been an enormous effort.

However, essentially the recommendations were liberal and comprehensive. Gorman's patience, zeal and talent in seeing the whole thing through with all the problems of conflicting personalities and ideas were greatly appreciated by me. A summary of the President's Commission's recommendations follows:

“In order to improve the organization of health services, we therefore recommend that:

A. For general physicians:

1. An intensive field study of the general physician's work, conditions of work, education, training, and economic status be made through the cooperative endeavor of such authoritative bodies as the American Medical Association, the U.S. Public Health Service, the American Academy of General Practice, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, and the American Public Health Association...



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