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November 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(22):1848-1849. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220064026

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To the Editor:  —Concerning the need of elevators in the public schools of New York, I am glad that Dr. Goldberger (The Journal, October 30) does not defend the lack of elevators on medical grounds, but rather as an official of the board of education of New York. I am also glad that Dr. Goldberger does not deny that not one of the 605 elementary schools in Greater New York has an elevator.It is a reflection on the city that the public schools are the only public buildings without elevators, and the majority of these are four and five stories high. In the consensus of medical opinion, stair climbing has a harmful effect on the hearts of children. This opinion is corroborated by numerous letters from the principals in the various schools, from which I can extract the following:

  1. The climbing of stairs in buildings of four or five

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