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March 8, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(10):257-260. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390350005001a

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[Read before the Ohio State Sanitary Association, February 14, 1884.]

The grandest work of the best civilization is the building of efficient brains. The school forms one of the most important factors in brain-building, and the manner in which its influence is exerted has very properly excited, during the past decade, general discussion in educational and sanitary circles.

We do not ignore the deleterious influences which surround the child in the street and home, influences which are incomparably more powerful in sapping its physical vigor than any connected with its school life. But our text to-day limits us to one phase of the question, the effect of school work upon the health of the pupils. We engage in this inquiry in no spirit of hostility to the schools. We know they are training up men and women who are fully competent to discharge all of the duties of State or

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