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September 2, 1939

Teachable Moments: A New Approach to Health

JAMA. 1939;113(10):968. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350078034

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The author intended this book for those who have definite responsibilities regarding the health of school children. This includes the educational administrators, the teachers and the parents. There are ten chapters that present discussion on "What Is Health?" "The Stroke-Glide of the Human Engine," "Teachable Moments," "Truths and Part-Truths About Health," to the final ones on "Schools Should Be More Than Textbooks," and "What the Community Might Do If—." There are many errors of fact. The author speaks of the thymus gland as an important regulator in the first two or three years of life. He announces its function as being particularly in connection with the growth of the heart, the hair and the respiratory system. The definite function of this gland has not as yet been determined. According to authorities the thymus is concerned with growth, calcium metabolism, nutrition and blood formation. There is no evidence that the gland,

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