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July 6, 1946

Relief and Social Security

JAMA. 1946;131(10):872. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270072031

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The Brookings Institution in Washington is generally recognized as one of the most capable institutes in all the world for the study of economics. The institution has just released a comprehensive 900 page book entitled "Relief and Social Security," representing several years of study by Lewis Meriam, long a member of the senior staff of the Brookings Institution. The thesis of this book is "How can the United States develop a universal, comprehensive and coordinated system of social security that will relieve want at a cost which the nation can afford, without seriously interfering with the American way of life?" As a part of the evidence on which the solution is offered, the book presents an analytical description of the existing programs in the United States, the emergency experiments of the depression years and the plans now being developed in Great Britain and New Zealand. An analysis of our present

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