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The position of a university or any other large educational institution in regard to its students is a peculiar one, involving grave responsibilities of many kinds. Boys and girls are brought from their homes from greater or lesser distances, and perhaps for the first time in their lives are freed from the restraining influences of home life. These students collect in various dormitories or lodging houses and mix together on the campus, in class rooms, and in various assemblages incident to university life. The responsibility of the institution is, therefore, an exceedingly grave one. It takes the place of the parent or guardian to this mass of students. The danger of epidemic diseases, which is always present when numbers of people are brought together, is constantly present. That institution which looks only to the education of the mind through the completion of a fixed course of study falls very far
RAVENEL MP, FROST WD. THE FORMATION AND FUNCTIONS OF HYGIENE COMMITTEES FOR UNIVERSITIES. JAMA. 1911;LVI(17):1253–1256. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560170017006
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