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December 30, 1905

MEDICAL INSPECTION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN ENGLAND.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(27):2017. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510270023007

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Abstract

There can be no doubt but that in many respects the physical and economical conditions of the poor in England in general and in London in particular are giving rise to widespread feelings of misgiving among the more intelligent of the community at large. The number of unemployed, many of whom would not work if they had the opportunity, is appalling. Another feature of sinister import in the large manufacturing towns of England is the increasing physical, and it may be said also, mental degeneration of their workers. The fact is recognized at its full significance that this evil must be attacked at its root and that in any attempts to improve the race attention must be paid to the health of the young. The English Local Government Board has already initiated a revolution in poor-law procedure by an order last April for the feeding of hungry school children, and

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