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Physical Deterioration of Adolescents
The bad nutrition of children during the war is now reflected in the physical defects of young adults who, during the war, were at the period of life that is most important in the physical development of the body; that is, the ages from 14 to 20. Surgeon Colonel Vasilescu, president of the recruiting board, in his report throws an unpleasant light on the unsatisfactory physique of the Roumanian middle classes, from which the army is mainly recruited. Of the men who presented themselves for enlistment in the last year, 13,129, or more than 31 per cent., were rejected after medical inspection as physically unfit. In addition to those rejected by the medical officers, more than 12,000 were refused by recruiting officers in the nine months ending Sept. 30, 1923. In many districts, the rejections on account of general bodily weakness were heavy. In other districts,
BUCHAREST. JAMA. 1924;82(6):486. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650320056026