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...for the nation's health : orientation & training manual

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      This manual is in tended for use primarily in the orientation and training of newly commissioned officers and civil service personnel. The text is arranged in a manner thought best suited to clearly explain the basic organization and functions of the Public Health Service, and for easy reference. Such an arrangement necessarily sacrifices a great deal of the concept of the unity of purpose and the integration and coordination of function by which the Service is characterized. Therefore it must be emphasized and constantly kept in mind by the reader that the Public Health Service is one organization with one purpose, and that the functions of the various component units transcend administrative sub-divisions in a coordinated, total attack against disease. It must also be emphasized that the organization and functions of the Public Health Service are flexible, dynamic, sensitive to the subterfuges of disease. The Service is constantly expanding in function and the organization is constantly being improved according to the dictates of new knowledge gained from research and application of control methods. As problems of disease control change, as certain diseases assume lesser or greater importance, as new knowledge indicates new approaches, the activities of the Service are redirected and modified. New divisions are created, sometimes only as expedient measures; existing divisions are absorbed or discontinued, with consequent shifts in duties and responsibilities. No text can adequately capture this versatility. Therefore the reader is cautioned to use this manual only as a guide to the general type of organization and functions of the Public Health Service. The reader who desires up-to-date information is referred to supplemental publications, such as Public Health Reports, the Annual Reports of the Surgeon General to the Federal Security Administrator, and the various periodicals mentioned throughout the text.

      Historical introduction -- General organization and functions -- Office of the Surgeon General -- National Institute of Health -- Bureau of Medical Services -- Bureau of State Services – Appendixes.

      Federal Security Agency, U. S. Public Health Service, Communicable Disease Center, Atlanta. Georgia.

      xii, 53, xiii-xvii numbered pages

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