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Implications of the 1970 Census for Health and Medicine

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National Center for Health Statistics, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(1):134-136. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-72-1-134
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On April 1, 1970, the decennial census of population and housing is to be taken in every nook and cranny of the United States. This will be the nineteenth U.S. census; the first was taken in 1790. What significance does this event have for health and medicine in this country?

First, the census plays a crucial role in our governmental system. The census provides the basis for apportioning the representation of the members of the U.S. Congress as required by the Constitution of the United States so as to assure a representative democracy. A number of other governmental arrangements—such as




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