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June 19, 1909

A STUDY OF MALNUTRITION IN THE SCHOOL CHILD

JAMA. 1909;LII(25):1981-1985. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420510015002b
Abstract

This study was undertaken with a view to determine as far as possible the etiologic factors, which to a large extent are at the bottom of this very prevalent condition found in our city children, especially of the school age.

CAUSES OF MALNUTRITION  The subjects were all taken from the laboring and tenement-house classes and the parents were mostly foreigners. Each little patient, after having a careful physical examination, was weighed, a full history obtained from the mother through a trained nurse who spoke her language, and anything such as tuberculosis, syphilis or other diseases that would have a bearing on the condition of the child carefully noted. Then the following questions were asked the mother: "What does the child get for breakfast, for dinner, for supper? How many rooms have you? How many in the family, including boarders? Do you keep your windows open at night to allow the

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