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In 1939 additional funds for the care of crippled children were authorized by Congress with the understanding that a portion of these funds be used for the care of children with rheumatic fever.
The typical program administered by a state agency for the care of crippled children serves at present only a small area, one to four counties. Children with heart disease or conditions leading to heart disease are referred to this agency by physicians, schools, hospitals and other institutions. A pediatrician acceptable to the American Board of Pediatrics is employed by the state, and consulting services are provided for social service. Nursing and educational needs are also met.
State Programs for Care of Children with Rheumatic Fever Under the Social Security Act, Title V, Part 2.. Am J Dis Child. 1944;68(3):225. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1944.02020090070016