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June 8, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;114(23):2311. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230041016

THE NEW YORK TIMES SINGS A NEW TUNE  In the New York Times for Sunday, June 2, under the editorial column called Topics of the Times, appears the following statement: "Hitherto we have been stressing the health of the underprivileged. Now is the time to recall that health conditions in the lower one third of the nation have made notable gains in our generation. Our discontent has been impatience with what we considered insufficient progress. The fact of progress no one could specifically deny. The health of the Negro people in the crowded districts lags far behind conditions among the white population. But the health of the Negro people today is far better than it was a generation ago. Today, and for the duration of the emergency, it is the improvement already made and not the gap still to be covered that should be chiefly stressed." Apparently the Times has