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January 4, 1936

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JAMA. 1936;106(1):46-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770010048016

PHYSICAL CONDITION AND UNEMPLOYMENT  In his speech delivered in Atlanta, Nov. 29, 1935, President Roosevelt said: "National surveys prove that the average citizenship of today lives on what would be called by the medical fraternity a third class diet." This is significant in view of the importance of adequate food supply and nutrition in the prevention of disease. During the depression years the undernutrition resulting from unemployment and difficult economic conditions has contributed to a considerable extent to rendering the human organism more susceptible to the ravages of disease. A close relationship exists between unemployment and physical condition, a relationship in which the former is usually looked on as an important contributing factor to the latter. Nevertheless, in many instances the existence or development of poor physical condition has contributed to resulting unemployment. An informative survey1 of this relationship has been published by the Employment Stabilization Research Institute of

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