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December 13, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(24):646-647. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390730002001a

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Read in Section on the Diseases of Children of the American Medical Association, May, 1884.

From the beginning of all things the weak have been subservient to the strong, both mentally and physically. That the vigor of its people goes to make the greatness of a state is well illustrated in the history of the Roman people, who lost their supremacy in proportion as they destroyed their once famous physical abilities by sensuous indulgences.

It behooves us to see that this coming generation is endowed with the bodily vigor to fight sucessfully the never-ceasing battle of life; for upon our shoulders is thrown this responsibility.

The subject to which I wish to draw your attention is one that of late has been most thoroughly sifted in England, where a remedy for the evil has been happily ested. Every actively engaged practitioner in a large city, must have been struck by

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