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March 26, 1938

Child Labor and the Nation's Health. Ratification of the Child Labor Amendment Would Decrease Tuberculosis, Increase the Nation's Health in General and Lead to Adoption of Medical Examination of Old and Young, and the Creation of a Ministry of Public Health

JAMA. 1938;110(13):1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790130122028

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This pamphlet is a plea for child labor and an effort to present the nation's health as a reason for the adoption of the amendment. Entirely aside from the merits of the question, this plea will hardly make much of an appeal to discriminating readers, though it might commend itself strongly to the unthinking. It is diffuse and poorly organized. It is full of digressions, such as the amount of space devoted to cigaret smoking by women, which seems somewhat beside the point. Much space is also devoted to venereal disease and the action of the Ameri- can Medical Association relative to contraception. Just how these different subjects fit into the picture, the author does not adequately explain. He closes with a plea for compulsory medical examination "of every man, woman and child and provision for preventive and curative treatment," which is supposed to be consummated by "an efficient Committee

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