At the meeting of the American Medical Association of 1907, following a paper on the "School Child," by W. C. Hollopeter, it was suggested by A. C. Cotton that there be an investigation of school conditions undertaken by the Section on Diseases of Children. As a result a committee was appointed to investigate the present status of the school child; I was appointed for the middle west.
The intention was to cover the entire country, and the division of territory was made north and south. Early in the investigation it was learned that this division was an impractical one, as the school conditions in localities where there are separate schools for the negro were at such a variance from the average that statistics gathered in these localities were discarded and the investigation limited to cities of 25,000 population and upward in the north central states. The data used in this paper were
VAN DERSLICE JW. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONDITIONS SURROUNDING THE CHILD IN SCHOOL. JAMA. 1909;LIII(21):1725–1727. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550210001001f
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