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August 25, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(8):609-610. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750340073014

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In the message that he gave to the American people just before leaving for Hawaii, President Franklin D. Roosevelt indicated his interest in social insurance, including all means of securing the worker against every type of misfortune or natural disability that might occur to him. Unemployment, sickness, old age and death are obviously the major difficulties that might occur to almost every man. Perhaps a more complete interpretation of the President's point of view was offered by Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins in a radio address, August 13. She indicated that the major objective of the national administration has been economic recovery and that this will continue to be the principal objective until recovery is complete. Before departing on his vacation, however, the President created a committee of cabinet and other officials on economic security. Of this committee Miss Perkins is chairman, the remaining members including the Secretary of the

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