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January 1949

Child and Adolescent Life in Health and Disease.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(1):136-137. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040143012

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The title of this book may mislead American readers, for this is not another pediatric textbook but the story of the development of health and welfare work in England, written in an exceedingly interesting style. In its 600 pages, the author succeeds so well in selecting the significant events that in its sphere it gives as satisfactory a picture of the subject as does a good stage production of a complete novel.

The book is devoted to the history of the legislation regarding child welfare, the development of pediatrics as a specialty and the growth of public and private agencies. It has even a chapter on children in wartime, giving the story of the evacuation. The book is generously illustrated with old prints, pictures, paintings and illustrations of early textbooks. Some 100 pages are devoted to legislation. The appendix lists hospitals and children's institutions in England by size and age

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