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April 22, 1911

The Health Index of Children.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(16):1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560160061034

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Dr. Hoag has that happy and all-too-rare ability to address the layman in the layman's own language without in the slightest degree compromising scientific accuracy. Perhaps a single exception may be found in the title of this book itself, which fails to convey to the uninitiated its real purpose and nature as the title of a popular treatise really should.

"The object of this little manual," to quote the author himself, "is to show teachers and parents how to detect easily those ordinary physical defects of the child which bar his progress in school and life, and to suggest means by which such defects may be removed and good health afterward maintained. Incidentally, it may prove of some value to physicians who are for the first time applying themselves to this special sort of public health work." The book contains just such practical information as every parent, teacher and school

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