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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 18, 2009


JAMA. 2009;302(19):2159. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1623


To physicians deeply interested in the work of preventive, as well as curative medicine, the school child's breakfast is becoming an important factor for earnest consideration. The subject, however, is not a new one. For many years harrowing stories have reached us from over the ocean of the distressing poverty of English and French cities. Reports have come to us of thousands of children who are sent to school weak from hunger. . . . Our government, as well as the governments of several European countries, has debated and framed, year after year, various laws for the correction of the school child's condition; yet very little good in this special direction has crystallized out of the many voluminous “acts to amend an act” before the various legislative bodies. It is much more convenient for us to read, and even to reread, these many reports of the distress of the foreign child and eventually come to believe them than to investigate patiently the truth for ourselves. . . .