A review of the following tabulated results of an ear and throat examination made in one of our largest preparatory schools brings to light some points of practical interest. The examination was systematically carried out, and, as gross defects alone were looked for and recorded, the tables show only such conditions as were undoubtedly harmful to the boys from the standpoint both of physical health and scholastic efficiency. The figures underestimate rather than exaggerate the amount of disease present. It may, perhaps, be said that the number of boys examined is too small to be of great statistical value; nevertheless the figures do give some idea of the relative prevalence of diseases of the ear and throat among school boys of the better class in whom it ought hardly be expected to find any harmful disease that prophylaxis can prevent or medical science cure.
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HARLAND WGB, STIMSON GW. THE PREVALENCE AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN OF DISEASES OF THE EAR AND THROAT.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1672–1673. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220460028004
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