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May 12, 1923


JAMA. 1923;80(19):1351-1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640460001001

While knowledge of the subject of the mental and physical health of schoolchildren is steadily increasing, there is still much to be learned in these directions, particularly in the field of mental hygiene in the schools.

It is true that the great majority of children do reasonably well in the schools of today, both public and private, but the fact remains that a certain percentage get along indifferently, or not at all. Of this small group, some are physically below par, some acquire slowly, some are remarkably brilliant and some have the makings of genius in them. The remarks in the following pages apply particularly, though not exclusively, to the small group. Granting both the limitations and the potentialities of these children, special education has as yet failed to meet their entire needs. Education, medicine, mental hygiene and social hygiene should unite to solve the problem.

The observations discussed here

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