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Public Education in Health Matters
Sir George Newman, chief medical officer of the ministry of health, has issued an important memorandum on public education in health matters. He emphasizes the great importance of public opinion as a driving force behind sanitary and other hygienic measures. But it has not kept pace with the recent great advances of medicine. Compulsory education has indeed contributed to progress in the understanding and interpretation of the laws of health. More reasonable dress, the disappearance of tight clothing and trailing skirts, a far larger amount of outdoor exercise, more active amusements and athletics, and the open-air life, have brought an immense improvement in the personal health of girls and women, an improvement that has abolished chlorosis, previously a common disease, and has materially affected the whole standard of their health. Another example of the effect of public opinion is the rapid diminution of spitting of
LONDON. JAMA. 1924;83(15):1177–1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660150061024
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