JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
When going through the hygienic exhibit at Washington, the careful observer must have been repeatedly impressed with the lack of consideration shown by some exhibitors for the fundamental principles of psychology and pedagogy. In several instances, in a desire to economize space or to increase the material in the exhibit, placards or diagrams containing many details were placed high above the eye of the reader, or so low down as to make considerable stooping necessary to read them. Only the occasional visitor, one who is already interested in the subject of the exhibit and familiar with it, will take the necessary time and pains to examine carefully exhibits which lie above or below the ordinary line of vision. Another mistake, in a few instances, was over-elaboration of exhibits. A national organization, for example, which is doing excellent work in the field of sex hygiene, presented one of the largest exhibits to be found in the hall; yet the very elaborateness of this exhibit, to a certain extent, defeated its own purpose. The great number of charts and diagrams, presenting almost every possible phase of the sex hygiene problem, tired and bewildered even the trained observer, while to the layman it must have presented a veritable maze of information, without any of the essential features being made to stand out from the background.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALTH EXHIBITS. JAMA. 2012;308(13):1302. doi:10.1001/jama.308.13.jjy120134-b