Through the personal influence of the late President Kennedy, an increasing awareness of the magnitude of the problems created by mental retardation and mental illness has been stimulated in this country. Among the chronic diseases, these are by far the most costly in terms of loss of productivity, disruption of family life, and the need for longterm continuous care. Not too long after he took office Mr. Kennedy appointed a panel of experts from all of the professions concerned with the retarded to study all aspects of the problem and recommend a program of action. The report of the President's Panel entitled "A Proposed Program for National Action to Combat Mental Retardation" * was published in 1962 just after the annual Academy meeting. In 1963 the Section on Child Development devoted a substantial portion of its morning program to a panel discussion of this report. The participants were Hulda E.
KNOBLOCH H. Report on the President's Panel on Mental RetardationA Call for Action by the Pediatric Profession. Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(3):315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010317015