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To the Editor:
—The tendency in medicine is toward more activities for prophylaxis and hygiene. When one talks to members of the exemption boards he finds that they believe many of the rejections for heart disease and frequently for tuberculosis would have been avoided if the men had received proper hygienic attention, particularly of the mouth, in childhood. Hygiene, however, concerns not only the mouth, but also the whole body and is an important feature in the physical education of children. The war has brought to our attention more strongly the importance of good physical development of the men of draft age. We cannot have strong young men, however, unless they are properly developed during childhood and youth. The serious consideration of this question is of such national importance, and concerns the work of the medical profession so closely, that the American Medical Association should assert itself in its solution.
Oldenborg HA. SCHOOLS OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR RECONSTRUCTION AIDES AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. JAMA. 1918;70(24):1881–1882. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600240077023