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May 5, 1923

THE PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH IN BOARDING SCHOOLS

JAMA. 1923;80(18):1310-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640450030010
Abstract

While I was responsible for the protection of the health of the student body (5,421) at Cornell University at Ithaca, N. Y., during the college year 1919-1920, these observations were made:

Of the total number of days of student time possible for the entire student body, 1.6 per cent, of days were lost during the college year on account of sickness. The loss by the women students was 2.4 per cent, of their possible total days, the loss by the men being 1.5 per cent. Of the total cases of sickness recorded, numbering 8,329, 52 per cent, were due to sicknesses which fall properly within the designation of preventable diseases; that is, acute respiratory infections, acute infectious diseases, infections and communicable diseases of the skin, and disturbances due to errors of diet or in the use of foods. Of the total cases of sickness, 21 per cent, were due to

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