JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
At the recent annual meeting of the National Conference of Charities,
Mr. Frederick L. Hoffman made some statements which are of interest to physicians.
Mr. Hoffman is the statistician of a well-known life insurance company which
makes a specialty of what is called industrial business, i. e., insuring working
people and children for small amounts. His paper was entitled, "Medical and
Social Aspects of the Child Labor Question." His first point is the lack of
definite, trustworthy statistical evidence as to the effect of early labor
on the physical and mental development of children, yet, as he reminds us,
it is entirely practicable to obtain such evidence, and he urges that the
whole matter be made the subject of a governmental inquiry. He says:
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