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April 1, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):968-969. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130032016

At the recent annual conference of the American School Hygiene Association a paper was read by Dr. Charles W. Eliot, ex-president of Harvard University, on school instruction in hygiene.1 Dr. Eliot devotes considerable space to the problem of education in sexual matters, coming to the conclusion that under present conditions it is desirable that such instruction should be given in the schools. The objection that the subject is an unclean one and unsuitable for such public discussion he answers by pointing to the disastrous results that have obtained in the past from allowing this objection to govern our policy. Another objection is that the subject is such a sacred one that it can properly be discussed with children by their parents only. To this Dr. Eliot replies that, while the instruction of children in this subject by parents is most desirable when possible, a great majority of parents possess

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