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January 21, 1933

LONDON

JAMA. 1933;100(3):200-201. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740030048020

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Abstract

Improvement in the Health of School Children  In his report for 1931 Sir George Newman, chief medical officer of the board of education, states that, in spite of industrial depression and the need for national economy, no measurable physical ill effect is yet shown in the child population. The percentage of children found suffering from definite defects (excluding dental defects and uncleanliness) was 20, of which 9 per cent were due to defects of vision and 6 per cent to adenoids and enlarged tonsils. Sir George finds that a new kind of self respect has grown up among our people, a health conscience. The children as a whole are cleaner, better in physique, better fed, better clothed and better nurtured than they have ever been as long as records have been kept. This evidence is clinched by the simple fact that their parents have been through the same hygienic discipline

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