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September 1964

Public Health and Pediatric Related Aspects of the Panel Report

Am J Dis Child. 1964;108(3):322-324. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02090010324018

Dr. Thelander's remarks strike a responsive chord. I have been working in one of these health agencies for a number of years now, and am acquainted with how the boundary lines between the several departments offering health services often result in a fragmented approach. It is going to take painstaking effort by psychiatrists, pediatricians, neurologists, and other members of the medical profession to work with educators, vocational rehabilitation people, and those in social welfare in order to weld the pieces together into a comprehensive whole that can be adapted to the individual child.

The President's Panel was a recognition of an idea "whose time had arrived," to quote from the preface of the Panel Report. During the forties and fifties a number of things had happened. There was a tremendous spate of scientific discovery which began to transform unmitigated gloom into hope that some of the mysteries would be unraveled

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