In 1944, an ambitious long-term medical study called the Rochester Child Health Project got under way.
The project began with one doctor, Dr. C. Anderson Aldrich, but within two years expanded to five staff members, as shown here in this History Center of Olmsted County photo from May 3, 1946.
These additional staff included a psychologist, nutritionist, preschool activities director, and statistician.
Working closely with Mayo Clinic, their goal was to supervise the health, both physical and emotional, of an entire generation of Rochester children.
No other program before it had been quite so comprehensive, which puts this among the many other forward-thinking medical studies and experiments conducted in our region.