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June 25, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(26):2156-2157. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790260030013

The great majority of English boys and girls receive their education in nonresidential schools; for this reason the maintenance of health in such schools is of preponderating practical importance. Twenty-one boys' schools and ten girls' schools agreed to participate in a statistical inquiry,1 and investigation was begun in the Lent term of 1930. Although all large boarding schools cooperating are organized on the "house" system, the suggested uniformity of organization and environmental conditions does not actually exist. Great differences in house organization are found, especially in the boys' schools, while standards of accommodation vary not only between different schools but between different houses in the same school. These variations complicate epidemiologic questions to the extent that renders comparative discussion extremely difficult; nevertheless certain of the observations are definitely worth recording. The extensive study of nasopharyngeal infections and sore throats for example leads to the practical conclusion that, although an