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October 13, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(15):1286-1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650150040014

An intelligent reader of the popular magazines of the day, or an observer of the trend of current activities in the field of social welfare, cannot fail to note the lively interest that is being devoted to the problems of nutrition in childhood. The enthusiasm for the subject should be counted as fortunate. The World War, in particular, directed attention most forcibly to the importance of physical fitness for our national life. A recent writer1 has described, as the "dramatic sequence of events" attending army recruiting, the rejection of great numbers of young men because of physical defects, the raising to maximum physical well-being of the men in training through the carefully regulated routine of the camp, and now the third stage of the object lesson, the waning of that standard of well-being among the men mustered out as they go back to the daily occupations and ill-regulated regimen of