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December 29, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(26):2187-2188. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650260029014

"Malnutrition is a very old subject, and the ideas and theories held about it have frequently emanated from men working behind desks rather than from those in direct contact with the children needing help." This stricture, written by Emerson3 not long ago, will scarcely be applicable to conditions in the United States in the near future. Child welfare is at length receiving a liberal share of consideration in the plans for national health betterment. Progress is on the way, although the needs, the methods of meeting them, and the correct evaluation of the results attained still awaken considerable discussion. We may be said to be living today in an era of program making, with the possibilities of accomplishment still too uncertain or ill defined to justify any final judgment. It has been said that the laboratory field, in which results can be measured by chemical reactions and the microscope,