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December 30, 1922

CHILD HYGIENE AND THE PRIVATE PHYSICIAN

JAMA. 1922;79(27):2228-2229. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640270026014
Abstract

I do not believe that any one—physician or layman— is opposed to the basic aims of the child hygiene movement; that is, the lowering of the mortality rate for infants and children and the prevention of sickness. In its origin, the movement was largely medical, and was directed toward the study and prevention of specific diseases; as, for example, the intestinal diseases of infancy. In its development, the scope of the movement has become much broader, and is directed chiefly to the rearing and development of a healthy race of infants and children.

The methods so far employed may be grouped under three headings: (1) the use of specific means, as, for example, the crusade for pure milk or the use of toxinantitoxin in diphtheria; (2) educational methods, including such diverse items as propaganda through the press, the holding of health exhibits, the teaching of health habits to groups of

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