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September 16, 1974

Quality of Life, vol 1: The Early Years, vol 2: The Middle Years

Author Affiliations

Timonium, Md

JAMA. 1974;229(12):1663. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500077042

The American Medical Association sponsored two congresses that dealt with the ages of man. The first of the meetings, in 1972, concerned itself with youth—the years through adolescence; and the second, in 1973, with the years 25 through 65. The third will be held in 1974 on "The Later Years." The congresses, cosponsored by a large number of organizations, represented not only medicine but health in a broader sense, including educational and social forces.

The Early Years starts with the thesis that the quality of life of a baby begins with the birth of its parents. Since children are the parents of the next generation, they should be a first national priority. The social and biological influences, including genetics, are discussed. Experts examine infant and child health care and point out the deficiencies in each. We find several examples of successful local programs to improve particular aspects of health care.