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April 26, 1941


Author Affiliations

Health Officer and Medical Receiving Officer, Respectively, Department of Health NEWARK, N. J.

JAMA. 1941;116(17):1897-1899. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820170015006

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Relief authorities have often been accused of hardness of heart when it has come to granting relief to those applicants who have claimed some physical disability as the basis for inability to carry on ordinary employment. Human nature is prone to exaggerate physical aches and pains, so that relief authorities have sometimes been compelled to disregard even the family physician's certificate of disability in the face of a history of malingering and deceit on the part of the applicant.

Whether or not an applicant for relief is truly disabled could of course be determined only by an examination carefully and scientifically carried out by a disinterested physician or group of physicians. The whole matter of the proper disposition of persons claiming disability has been an administrative headache. The reason for this has been that relief officials have lacked any tribunal of a medical type before which clients of this kind

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