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September 3, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(10):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740620054022

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Is Unemployment Undermining the Public Health?  "Unemployment in Germany is affecting to a terrible extent the nutritional condition of the poorer classes. A large number of insured persons and their children who are quartered in sanatoriums and homes for convalescents are found, on admission, to be in a physical condition corresponding to the worst postwar years." It was Dr. Frommhold, the president of the Landesversicherungsanstalt Hannover, who uttered these alarming words. On inquiry of several landesversicherungsanstalten, the federal public health service, the sociohygienic institutes and many physicians, it was found that these observations reflect the conditions in at least certain portions of the country. The physicians of some children's sanatoriums and homes for convalescents (particularly in central Germany) report that many children who are admitted to the homes hardly know what it means to have an adequate warm meal. It often happens that at first they cannot retain the nourishing

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