IN VIEW of the fact that the existence of the Joint Commission on Mental Health of Children (called the Oswald Bill) owes so much to the late President John F. Kennedy, it is singularly appropriate to start this report with two of his favorite quotations. I will state these since they delineate so precisely a crucial dimension of the research problems to which the commission must address itself.
. . . I amreminded of the story of the great French Marshall Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshall replied, "In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon."1
The second reflected his increasing maturity in terms of the limitations of power when he stated, "Every President must en
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