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  • Studies in American Political Development, Volume 26, Issue 2
  • October 2012, pp. 125-162

War, Tropical Disease, and the Emergence of National Public Health Capacity in the United States

  • Daniel Sledge (a1)
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  • Published online: 21 November 2012

This article analyzes the emergence of national public health capacity in the United States. Tracing the transformation of the federal government's role in public health from the 1910s through the emergence of the CDC during World War II, I argue that national public health capacity emerged, to a great extent, out of the attempts of government officials to deal with the problem of tropical disease within the southern United States during periods of mobilization for war.

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Studies in American Political Development
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