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June 29, 1940

Heil Hunger! Health Under Hitler

JAMA. 1940;114(26):2589-2590. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810260075028

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From material "all of it provided by Nazi authorities and Hitler officials, by the doctors, statisticians and scientists of the Third Reich," a terrible picture is painted of health conditions in Germany. Rickets is on the increase. A systematic examination of the school children of Munich "discovered that only 3.5 per cent were free from symptoms of rickets!" As the result of undernourishment and excessive athleticism, German youths are already invalids. The annual suicide rate is 4.1 per 10,000 compared with 1.4 in the United States. Tuberculosis, after long years of decline, is once more on the increase, and the tuberculous are now compelled to undergo heavy work in order to speed up production and this is also being defended with pseudoscientific arguments. The records of the sickness insurance system show an increase in cases of sickness of 20.3 per cent between 1933 and 1936. In spite of the claims

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