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February 10, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(6):461-467. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060007002

Realizing the importance of convalescent care and the necessity both of bringing this importance to the minds of the medical profession and of improving the quality of the small amount of institutional convalescent care available, the Public Health Committee of the New York Academy of Medicine formulated and published in 1925 a set of standards for convalescent care. A recent review of these standards brought about the realization that certain advances in knowledge of nutrition and of the adverse influence of various psychosomatic disturbances on restoration to health warranted a renewed study of the whole subject of convalescent care.

A two day symposium on the problem of convalescent care was held at the New York Academy of Medicine Nov. 9 and 10, 1939, under the joint auspices of the Committee on Public Health Relations of the academy and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. At this conference some twenty papers were