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January 12, 1935


JAMA. 1935;104(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760020038012

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With all other American citizens, the medical profession awaited eagerly the message which the President of the United States delivered, January 4, to the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives. In spite of the obvious impossibility of absolutely definite statements because of the very nature of our government, the President, nevertheless, provided an indication of the character of the program contemplated in relationship to economic security. His plans seem to provide for the provision of work to many of the unemployed, the projects including such matters as slum clearing, reforestation and elimination of grade crossings, as well as many local projects. All of these have, of course, a definite interest for the medical profession. In fact, the housing projects and the elimination of the grade crossings must inevitably have a definite effect on morbidity and mortality rates.

Of special interest to the medical profession, however, were

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