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July 1934


Author Affiliations

Research Associate in Psychology; Administrative Supervisor, Preschool Laboratories IOWA CITY
From the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station, State University of Iowa.

Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(1):101-107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960140110010

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Occasionally it has been stated that nursery schools, because they foster extensive contacts of children with each other, favor the spread of disease among children attending them, and that in spite of frequent inspections by nurse or physician, disease takes hold and spreads. The study here reported was undertaken to discover the relative number of cases of certain communicable diseases among children of preschool age attending a school group and among children of the same age not attending a group of this sort. There were available 470 health records of 328 children attending the preschool laboratories of the Iowa Child Welfare Research Station during a period of fifty-nine months between September, 1926, and February, 1933. The general plan of the study was that of finding the incidence of certain communicable diseases in the school group and comparing this incidence with that in three groups of children of more or less

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