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August 29, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;107(9):724-728. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770350092021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)July 11, 1936.

The Nutrition of the People  In the house of commons a debate took place on the nutrition of the people—a question which unfortunately has become the subject of political propaganda. Mr. Johnston, a labor member, moved a resolution expressing concern at "widespread malnutrition." He quoted an estimate of $1,000,000,000 as the cost of national ill health and said that there was an accumulating mass of chronic underfeeding and underdevelopment among the poor. The adjutant general in his report for 1934 stated that "over 52 per cent of the men who went to the recruiting offices did not come up to the physical standard laid down. In the big industrial areas of the North the percentage of rejections rose to 68." The chief medical officer of health for the department of education in this report for 1934 said that twelve per thousand of

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