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History of Pediatrics
October 1998

Caring for the Foreign BornThe Health of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1890-1925

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Historical Center for the Health Sciences, The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(10):1020-1027. doi:10.1001/archpedi.152.10.1020

That we are, as President John F. Kennedy once wrote, "a nation of immigrants" is indisputable.1 The founding of the United States of America was a complex process of transforming a vast territory into an established society with its own culture, mores, and institutions dedicated to liberty. This process, of course, relied heavily on a stream of immigrants who were active participants in the physical, economic, and intellectual development of our nation.

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