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January 16, 1937

Spending to Save: The Complete Story of Relief

JAMA. 1937;108(3):232. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780030070035

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This book is far from "the complete story of relief" which the subtitle indicates. It is a dramatic story of the conditions that arose out of the depression of 1929 and the reluctance of governments to recognize the extent and duration of the ensuing poverty and the consequent need of organized relief on a national scale. It is also a spirited and able defense of such measures as the CWA, WPA, FERA, CCC, and to a lesser extent the AAA. The only reference to the medical relief given is to say (p. 102) "We paid for medicine and sometimes for the doctor." The failure to apply the principles of civil service is almost completely ignored. The program of permanent action is sketchy; perhaps the difficulty of outlining such a program makes this excusable. The social security legislation is praised and the policy laid down that in the future (p. 181)

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