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December 13, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(24):1848-1849. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720240058026

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A Health Record Book  In the decade preceding the war, the life expectancy of every German was 50 years; according to mortality statistics based on the census of 1925 the present life expectancy is 56 years, in spite of the crowding of the population into inadequate dwellings and the vast number of unemployed. Professor Grotjahn, social hygienist at the University of Berlin, brought out recently at a meeting that this pleasing development in public health is due in part to progress made in the sociohygienic welfare work of the communal administrations. But the development of the welfare system is not yet complete. The most important data on the various welfare cases, which today are scattered about in the files of the welfare centers, should be collected at a central bureau. In 1891, W. Schallmayer published an article in which he demanded the introduction of what he termed a krankenpass, or

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