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Article
December 1959

Today's Millstone

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(6):684-687. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020686002
Abstract

We may well be disturbed by John Donne's trenchant statement that no man is an island unto himself but is responsible for what goes on in his community. The bell of juvenile delinquency is now tolling for us; nor can we muffle it by contributing to the support of youth study clinics or by shifting our responsibility back to the schools and truant officers, who shift theirs back to the parents. Fundamentally, we are not satisfied with the argument that this is too big, too ramifying a problem for us to tackle, involving, on the one hand, civil liberties—freedom of the press and TV—and on the other, however little we like to admit it, the very structure of our industrial system—progress through automation, the problem of mounting unemployment and mounting costs, and the rights of labor unions. At the bottom of our hearts we know that the bell tolls

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