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April 5, 1965

The Advancement of Child Health

JAMA. 1965;192(1):67. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140073037

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This is a relatively short and factually rich book in which the Professor of Child Health at the University of Bristol presents the contents of a series of lectures which he gave at the University of London in 1961. The title is appropriate. Most of the book comprises a detailed historical account of the development of society's conscience and activity concerning the health of its young, from before birth until adulthood. The progress of medical science is presented in its proper relationship to the maturation of the many other forces which have consorted to achieve the present degree of health of the peoples of England, Europe, and North America. One becomes aware of the painful slowness of this development, and is sharply reminded of the urgent question of how long it will take for this good fortune to spread to the majority in the world who live in ignorance of

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