October 1955

A Thousand Families in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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By James Spence, W. S. Walton, F. J. W. Miller, and S. D. M. Court. Price, $3. Pp. 210. Oxford University Press, 114 Fifth Ave., New York 11, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(4):480. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010482025

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This important compact book is a real contribution to the knowledge of health and illness during the first year of life. It is the result of a survey planned by the late Sir James Spence, first holder of the Nuffield Chair of Child Health, in the University of Durham.

An intensive study was made of all children born in Newcastle upon Tyne during the months of May and June, 1947. The number of babies was 1142. It is planned to continue the study for at least seven years.

The study was a highly cooperative affair. The medical men were furnished by the University Health Department; the nurses and secretarial staff by the Public Health Department. All worked in cooperation and with the advice of a professor of social medicine and a professor of economics. The family doctor of the patients worked with them. Photographers and others who might add to

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