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December 23, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(26):1945-1947. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510260031001i

It has recently been my work in another medical society to compile and analyze our present laws relating to the teaching of hygiene, 45 state and 1 federal, all more or less elaborated. This time-consuming task was undertaken with ideas that I have been compelled to alter radically in the progress of the study. My anticipations were based on certain general—somewhat pessimistic—statements in lay, scientific and medical current literature; but the exact details now reported should be known to all physicians interested in preventive medicine.

It is not my intention to discuss this legislation further than to give the facts as they stand in the present laws.

The laws existing in 1903 (none have been altered since then) are published in the Bulletin of the American Academy of Medicine, April, 1904, as a preliminary report of the committee to investigate the teaching of hygiene in public schools. The details of

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