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September 11, 1937


Author Affiliations

Medical Director of the Birmingham Public Schools BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

JAMA. 1937;109(11):838-839. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370004002

It is a principle of the school system in which I work that the health of the child comes first. This is an expression not merely of solicitude for the child's comfort and happiness but of the realization that it is the healthy child who can make best use of the education offered him. Indeed, it is a part of our creed that in childhood even the development of character proceeds more surely in the presence of health. It is recognized, too, in the Birmingham schools that good nutrition is a prerequisite to health, and every effort is made to see that the child is properly nourished. These efforts extend in many directions.

To evaluate properly the nutritional status of the child is no easy matter. It has been suggested that use be made of precise methods which measure the exact degree to which the pupil is lacking in certain

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