oa South African Family Practice - The economic recession and illness : editorial

Volume 54, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



In May 1934, an editorial comment titled, , was published. This followed a survey that had recorded illnesses for a three-month period in 1933 and an income and employment record for four years among 12 000 families in 10 USA cities following the Great Depression. The investigators concluded that: "The highest illness rate was reported by a group which was in reasonably comfortable circumstances in 1929, but which had dropped to comparative poverty by 1932".

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