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December 21, 1901


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JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(25):1648-1652. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470510004001a

Those nerve cells which are most active, develop most in increasing length and complexity of their dendritic branches. The development takes place during physical as well as mental activity, and the education of one cell group, directly stimulated, leads to the education of more or less remote cell groups, by reason of dendritis contact. No matter, then, whether we reach the brain through the avenues of mental or physical activity, we shall have made a commencement in the education of the child just as soon as we can make him do something. If he be defective in mental development, in the development of the cells of the higher centers of the brain, and it is found that they can not be directly stimulated, then we must try to reach them indirectly, stimulating those of the motor area by muscular exercise. "If we wish to hasten the maturity of the brain,

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