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March 25, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(12):983-984. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740120121024

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Opinions on the Effects of the Economic Situation on Health  The effects of the economic situation on health is one of the great questions for the heads of the public health service. It is interesting to note how medical officials of the krankenkassen have expressed themselves on the question. In an industrial suburb of Berlin, the official has been unable to observe any unfavorable effects. He explains the unusually low morbidity by the fact that, under present conditions, there has been an increasing elimination of chronic patients from gainful occupations, which results in a more restricted selection of workers, from the standpoint of health. The reduced number of cases due to minor illnesses is a welcome effect growing out of present conditions. A medical official of central Germany points out that the morbidity among the unemployed is greater than that of insured members who are employed but that the unemployed

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