December 1974

A General Account of the Dispensary for the Relief of the Infant Poor, Instituted by Dr. George Armstrong in 1769

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(6):827-829. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110310075014

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Early in the Year 1769, printed Proposals for administering Advice and Medicines, gratis, to the Children of the Poor, were given to a few Friends, to circulate amongst their Acquaintance. In those Proposals it was observed, that though many noble Hospitals and Colleges had been erected and endowed in this Nation for the Relief of the Diseased and Distressed; and though, to the Honour of the present Age, what was still wanting to remove or alleviate human Misery, had, in many Instances, been supplied by private Contributions and Benefactions, yet one main Duty of Humanity was thought by some not to have been sufficiently attended to, viz. the Care of Infants from their Birth to their fourth Year compleated; in which Period, by the London Tables, one Half of all that are born, die.

It was likewise observed, that Children, till they arrive at three or four Years of Age,

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