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September 28, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(13):1121. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530130055008

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Among the papers read at the recent meeting of the British Medical Association was one of special interest from a medical point of view by Mr. J. Gray on "Anthropometrics in Schools; the Problem of National Evolution." The gist of Mr. Gray's argument may be summed up in the statement that how best to improve the conditions of the people is a biologic rather than an economic problem. Measures for the improvement of the people in the abstract are all more or less Utopian. Great Britain, said Mr. Gray, has cheap food in consequence of its free trade; sanitary reforms have given it healthy towns; cheap locomotion has enabled the town dwellers occasionally to get away from their environment into the country, and now it has to discuss such questions as free meals for school children and the employment of the unemployed by the state—reforms directed to the benefits of

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