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July 19, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(3):205-206. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660030043021

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Unemployment and Health  The widespread unemployment that has existed in this country since the close of the war does not appear to have been attended by any deterioration of the national health. This is shown by the fifth annual report of the Scottish Board of Health for 1923, which has just been published. The public measures taken for the relief of unemployment have prevented any widespread physical distress. The position has been much more satisfactory than in previous periods of severe depression of trade. The unskilled and casual workers have fared best. Relatively, the effects of unemployment have fallen more heavily on the skilled artisans. They always have a greater reluctance to apply for poor relief. Undernourishment has been prevented, but nervous strain has shown itself in some cases. Unemployment has not had any serious effect on the physical condition of the population, though in some few instances and in

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