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May 15, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(20):1585. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540460033005

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The remarkable wave of interest in preventive medicine and sanitation which is making itself felt in many ways among the laity can assuredly find no better outlet than when directed into the channels of school hygiene. Such questionings of heart and rattling of dry bones as are now taking place in the whole field of education from the college to the kindergarten has not been witnessed for at least a generation. It is well that it is so. To take children from their homes and set them tasks which may injure irreparably their eyesight or their capacity of spontaneous interest, while placing them under conditions in which various infectious diseases may be more readily contracted at the same time that general bodily resistance is decreased by overheated rooms, rebreathed air, mental fatigue and cramped attitudes does not seem to constitute the last word of civilized man on the proper rearing

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