R.H. KAMPMEIER, M.D., M.A.C.P.
On occasional Saturdays in my youth I bicycled over several miles of a dusty Iowa road to the smelly county poor farm to deliver a pail of soup and a loaf of my mother's freshly baked bread to an old couple living there. The origins of our county poor farms trace back to Elizabethan England. In 1601 the "Old Poor Law" designated the parish as the unit to support, by a "poor rate" levy, relief of the poor of the community and, if necessary, to build cottages on "the waste or the commons" to house them. English workhouses and almshouses
KAMPMEIER R. Housing for the Elderly. Ann Intern Med. ;87:242–243. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-2-242
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(2):242-243.
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