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October 18, 1913

Current Comment

JAMA. 1913;61(16):1462-1465. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350170044015

A FOOD CLINIC  At the Congress on School Hygiene, held in Buffalo in August, Dr. Walter M. Roach, district supervisor of school medical inspectors in Philadelphia, reported the results obtained among schoolchildren of ages from 6 to 14 years after the establishment of a food clinic in certain schools in his district. Many of the children were found to be coming to school with insufficient or no breakfasts. The children were fed for a period of four weeks in the spring of 1913 at the morning recess period with some form of cereal and milk, the form of cereal being changed daily. In all, 113 children were fed in this manner. In a group of fifty, who were carefully weighed, measured and physically examined before the beginning of the feeding and afterward, it was found that there was an aggregate gain of over 252 pounds. But, as stated in the