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The history of ‘well baby’ clinics in Kansas City

Babies get their checkups from Dr. Charles Eldridge in 1922.
Babies get their checkups from Dr. Charles Eldridge in 1922. Kansas City Star archives

This photo appeared in a Nov. 12, 1967, story by The Star’s longtime society editor Laura Hockaday about the establishment of “well baby” clinics in the early 20th century. Its original caption:

Dr. Charles Eldridge is pictured in 1922 when he first began serving as the doctor for babies taken to an examining center staffed by volunteers from the Children’s Relief Association.

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