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October 1918


Author Affiliations

First Lieutenant, M. R. C., U. S. Army; Physician-in-Chief, American Hospital for Children, Evian-les-Bains, Haute Savoie FRANCE

Am J Dis Child. 1918;16(4):226-235. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1918.01910160021004

Beginning with the winter of 1916, there arose a problem consequent to the war and the German occupation of Northern France which has had most far-reaching effects. At that time, the question of food became particularly acute in the occupied regions, and for that reason the evacuation of the unfit or useless of the civil population was decided on. By way, then, of Belgium, where there is a stop of from three days to three months, through Germany and Switzerland, with a stop of three hours at Bern, thence into France, have come constantly, with short interruptions, from 1,100 to 1,300 persons a day, of whom from 30 to 40 per cent. are children. At Evian, on the shore of Lake Geneva, is made the first stop in France. Here the rapatriés are first welcomed to their own country, and a redistribution made, the Préfets of the various departments having

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