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United States Public Health Service

  • By: Elizabeth R. Purdy
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Congress created the first public health service organization in the United States in 1798 to care for merchant seamen who were ill or who had been injured. In order to accomplish this task, public hospitals were first built along the East ...

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