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December 23, 1950


JAMA. 1950;144(17):1467-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920170047013

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The actions taken at the recent Midcentury White House Conference, December 3-7, the fifth to be called at decennial intervals, will take root in the states and their communities to mold a new understanding of the influences that affect the healthy personality development of our children and youth. After 35 work groups, 30 panel discussions and seven general sessions, the 6,000 conferees adopted 201 statements of findings developed by the work groups, 66 recommendations promulgated by the work groups and screened through a special recommendations committee, a Pledge to Children, similar to the Children's Charter of 1930, and a Resolution on a Follow-up Program. Comparatively little of this material is concerned with medical care or even with health service as such. This little will be acceptable to most physicians and is not out of line with medical society policy. Most of the recommendations are concerned with the preservice and in-service

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