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June 3, 1944


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Washington, D. C. Assistant Director for Crippled Children, Division of Health Services.

JAMA. 1944;125(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850230056023

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To the Editor:—  I have just read the report in the April 29 issue of The Journal in which Dr. W. W. Bauer made a reference to the rheumatic fever program and included some statements about it which are rather misleading and others which are in error.In order to keep the record straight, I should like to summarize briefly the background in the development of this phase of the crippled children's program. Since' the first meeting of the Children's Bureau Advisory Committee on Services for Crippled Children, held in 1935, there had been evidence of the interest of the Advisory Committee in the problems related to the needs of the child with rheumatic fever and heart disease. During the initial period in the development and extension of state services for crippled children, the Children's Bureau was repeatedly approached by state agencies and professional and lay groups to include the

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