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September 1944

SIGNIFICANCE OF A COMPLETE PREVENTIVE MEDICAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Rochester Child Health Project, Section on Pediatrics, the Mayo Clinic.

Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(3):168-171. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020090013003

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Abstract

A former public health official from an occupied country in Europe said to me the other day: "We have been educating for this war for forty years! The way we have cared for our babies and young children has encouraged the kind of personality that makes violent conflicts inevitable." "Types like Hitler and Mussolini," he went on, "must be expected to develop when we deny to children the secure personal background necessary for normal growth."

This physician was greatly impressed with the possibilities for human development that might be offered by a community medical program which would take into account, from the first days of a child's life, not only his physical health and welfare but his basic emotional needs as well. This is the kind of program to which the Rochester Child Health Project looks forward.

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