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September 15, 1900


Author Affiliations

Professor Pediatrics, Medical Department, University of Illinois; Professor Diseases of Children, Chicago Policlinic; Chairman Child Study Committee, Chicago Board of Education. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(11):683-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620370025001k

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RELATION OF INTELLECTUAL AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS.  As a result of his examination of 33,500 school children in St. Louis, in 1892, Dr. W. Townsend Porter concluded that there is a physical basis of precocity; that dull children are lighter, and precocious children heavier than the average child; that mediocrity of mind is associated with mediocrity of physique. At the outset of my observations I determined to reinvestigate Porter's proposition, and have to say that such facts as we have been able to collect go to confirm it.There were met, in the course of these examinations, 503 children, aged 12, who were distributed throughout the grades from the second to the eighth, inclusive. A few were also found in the high schools. The physical peculiarities of these children, in each of the points examined is set forth graphically in the following charts. In these figures the averages of each particular

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