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December 19, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(25):1979-1981. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670250053020

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The Health of School Children  Sir George Newman, chief medical officer of the board of education, has issued his report for 1924. Of about 1,500,000 school children inspected during the year in areas other than London, 20 per cent. were found to require medical treatment in some form, and a large number of others were found with defects which necessitated their being kept under observation. Considerable space is devoted to the health of the rural child, which is less satisfactory than that of the town child. It is pointed out that children cannot grow if their food is only bread and butter and tea, if their bodies are not rightly exercised, and if they live in cold and stuffy homes and schools. Among reforms advocated are that children under 6 should be discouraged from school attendance if the distance from school is excessive (or in winter during inclement weather); a

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