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March 17, 1945

Government Services

JAMA. 1945;127(11):667. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860110047016

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Proceedings of Conference on Rheumatic Fever  Proceedings of the national conference on state rheumatic fever programs, held at the Children's Bureau in the fall of 1943, have just been published, and copies are available free on request to the Children's Bureau, U. S. Department of Labor, Washington 25, D. C. The conference, the first of its kind, was called specifically for a pooling of experience in the operation of rheumatic fever control programs by state crippled children's agencies (The Journal, Oct. 30, 1943, p. 578). It was broad in scope, providing an opportunity for a general review of medical, nursing and social problems affecting the rheumatic child. Representatives of many lay and professional groups contributed to the discussion. State rheumatic fever programs are operated by state crippled children's agencies under plans approved by the Children's Bureau and are supported in large part with funds made available under the Social Security Act. The first of these programs was initiated in Oklahoma in 1940. Today state rheumatic fever programs are in effect in nineteen states. Even in these states, however, the problem has scarcely been touched, for services

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