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February 27, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(9):739-740. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730350053015

There has never been a time, perhaps, when so much thought and enthusiasm have been concentrated on the problems of infancy and childhood as at present. The recent White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, called by President Hoover, represented the results of months of careful deliberation by many experts from all parts of the country. The chairman of the conference, Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur,1 has pointed out that we have injected so many artificial conditions into our industrial civilization that the old normal relationships of mother and child, child and family, family and neighborhood, have been changed. There is now a much less direct struggle with nature and its immediate forces than has ever been the situation before in our country. We have softened this struggle for man, Wilbur adds, by all forms of protection—better houses, better clothing, more and better food supplies, preventive medicine, and better

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