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November 19, 1955

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JAMA. 1955;159(12):1235-1236. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960290061016

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Abstract

THE HISTORY OF SOCIAL SECURITY  F. J. L. Blasingame, M.D., Wharton, TexasPerhaps I should preface my remarks by saying that the general heading, "History of the Social Security Act," is rather broad and could consume much more space than can be allotted. To attempt to give the subject its complete treatment, I would be forced to go back at least as far as the early 19th century and try to trace the evolution of the social theories of the economists of the European school. However, I think we will bypass the theories of the Utopian socialists, the Marxian socialists, and others and skip the social security experiments in Germany under Bismarck. I am reasonably certain that most are familiar with the trends in the United Kingdom that began to develop in 1911. The social security program came along somewhat later in France and was not adopted until 1928.We

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