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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 28, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1562. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1562

Every autumn, at the beginning of the school year, it seems advisable to call attention to the fact that one of the most important features of success in school work is that the child shall be in normal health. Without this qualification it is absurd to expect the child to succeed in its studies like normal children, or even that it shall do itself justice in the trying process of the development of its faculties. If there were any need for emphasizing this point, the recent report of the Department of Health of New York with regard to the physical condition of school children in a number of metropolitan schools would furnish it amply. Altogether, 13,941 children have been examined. Of these, 6,294 were reported by the medical school inspectors as requiring medical attention. One thousand and ninety-two children were reported as poorly nourished; that is, as being in such a poor state of nutrition from lack of food as to require special care on this score. A number of the settlement workers in the slums of various American cities have recently reported that they found not a few school children in regular attendance at school who did not have breakfast before leaving home. It is, as being in such a poor state of nutrition from lack that the physicians report one out of every fourteen children as insufficiently nourished.

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