Child study has become so universal a topic that it has reached the climax of a fad. Child culture has absorbed society to such a degree that I fear it has lost its dignified scientific prestige. Some one has said, in one of our popular periodicals, that what the average child needs nowadays "is a little wholesome neglect. He is studied and observed and cultivated until he can not take a long breath and take it naturally." Another writer says that the one thing on earth that needs to be stamped out, and stamped out quickly, is the American fad of child culture and child study.
This is not true, however, in our professional relations; we must continue the agitation, not with the physician-student of sociology, to whom it is unusually attractive, but with the parents, until they can appreciate what is being done for their children among the teachers
HOLLOPETER WC. THE DUTY OF THE PHYSICIAN TO THE SCHOOL CHILD.. JAMA. 1907;XLIX(16):1337-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320160015001c