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February 3, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(5):321. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920230045013

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Americans are friendly, independent and aggressive people, who like to face their responsibilities squarely and do their best to meet them fully. One of these responsibilities, as they see it, is helping others less fortunate than themselves. Americans have shown repeatedly that they like to help their neighbors in distress, not waiting for the services of government to do a job they feel they can do better themselves.

An outstanding example of this is the help Americans today are giving the nation's crippled children. In several brief decades, the prospect of useful living has been changed for the millions of youngsters in the United States who bear handicaps of various kinds. This change has come about because Americans were not content to see children relegated to back bedrooms or confined to wheel chairs if there was a single hope of bettering their condition. Science in the United States has made

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