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January 2, 1932

Child Health and the Community: An Interpretation of Cooperative Effort in Public Health.

JAMA. 1932;98(1):73. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730270077035

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One of the noteworthy services of the Commonwealth Fund was the child health demonstration carried on from 1923 to 1929. The present report is not a complete report in the sense of supplying statistical data. It is rather an attempt to understand the philosophy of the child health program and to indicate the way in which the child health program fits in with the health program generally. Of particular interest is the statement by Barry C. Smith, general director of the Commonwealth Fund, referring to the place of the private physician in such a program. Mr. Smith says:

In one particular, the Fund considers itself most fortunate. It enjoyed, at all times, a high degree of cooperation with the practicing medical profession. Mr. Dinwiddie has made some enlightening comments upon that fact. As a result of its experience, the Fund has not only learned to appreciate the point of view

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