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June 5, 1937

Relief and Health Problems of a Selected Group of Non-Family Men

JAMA. 1937;108(23):1996. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780230056033

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One hundred and forty-four men whose only identifying factor common to all is that they are not living with families of their own are studied. Half of them had lived in Cook County for twenty-six years or more, while only eight had less than ten years' residence. Only twenty of these men had been known to any case work agency, so that they were in general a self-supporting group until economic conditions or some temporary or chronic illness brought them to a relief office. The conditions of housing were extremely poor, only sixty-three having sleeping quarters that could be characterized as good. Yet there was a tendency to cling tenaciously to a freedom of choice of those things which are personal and intimate. Only fourteen were without some physical or mental health complaint. Special housing provisions and convalescent homes are needed for the care of this class. Although a majority

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