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August 3, 1918

WORK OF THE CHILDREN'S BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AFFAIRS, AMERICAN RED CROSS, FRANCE

Author Affiliations

Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, on leave of absence; Chief of the children's Bureau, Department of Civil Affairs, American Red Cross, France FRANCE

JAMA. 1918;71(5):359-365. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600310037011
Abstract

The Children's Bureau, American Red Cross, started its activities last July with eleven members. At the present time the bureau comprises more than 400 members, and is doing children's work and also a good deal of medical work for women throughout the whole of France.

Our first assignment was to take charge of the Childrens' Colony and to develop the hospital near Toul. In this army sector all children under 7 had been ordered back for a distance of 10 kilometers from the front, because of the gas bombing, children under 7 being unable to wear gas masks satisfactorily. Dr. Julius P. Sedgwick of Minneapolis was in charge of the early development of this work, and installed a colony of more than 500 mothers and children in the governmental military cantonment turned over to us for this purpose. Dr. Sedgwick also started a hospital for children, which has since been

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