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July 20, 1918


JAMA. 1918;71(3):194-195. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600290036011

When the announcement was made a few months ago by the Bureau of Child Hygiene of our largest American city that beween 12 and 15 per cent, of its schoolchildren are underfed, it was received with skepticism by some and with surprise by others. The statement appears even more disconcerting when it is expressed in the terms selected by an expert in the sociological conditions prevailing among the less well-to-do. Thus Manny1 of the New York Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor frankly states, as the result of the studies made in New York, that at least one third of the schoolchildren are so much below normal standards of growth as to call for special nutritional care. Of this group, at least one third require medical treatment, while two thirds may be expected to respond to improved living conditions, especially as regards feeding. There are now in

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