Abstract TO MANY people the American Indian is a legendary figure persisting only in Western lore. In certain areas of this country, however, he is very much a part of the scene. The health problems of the Indian are a major concern of the 315 physicians who staff 51 hospitals, 53 health centers, and over 300 smaller Public Health Service medical facilities for Indians and Alaska natives.1,2 Since the US Public Health Service assumed responsibility for the Indian's health care in 1955, there have been major improvements in the quality and quantity of medical services. Included in this increased activity is the initiation of a program for the care of chronic otitis media, long recognized as a major disability. The three medical centers currently equipped for specialty care of chronic ear disease are the PHS Indian Hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska; Gallup, NM, and Phoenix, Ariz; each functioning as a References 1. The Indian Health Program of the US Public Health Service, PHS publication No 1026, rev. 1966. 2. To the First Americans, PHS publication No. 1580. 3. Shambaugh, G.E., Jr.: Surgery of the Ear , Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Co., 1959, p 170. 4. Johnson, R.L.: Chronic Otitis Media in School Age Navajo Indians , Laryngoscope 77:1990-1995 ( (Nov) ) 1967.Crossref 5. Sievers, M.L.: Disease Patterns Among Southwestern Indians , Public Health Rep 18:1075-1083 ( (Dec) ) 1966.Crossref
Archives of Otolaryngology – American Medical Association
Published: Oct 1, 1968
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