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October 23, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(17):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440430024002j

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The physical and hygienic care of children plays a most important part in the domain of medical science. At the present time more care is given to the mental development of children than to their physical education and hygienic surroundings. The cause for this seems to be due to the fact that teachers and parents know little or nothing about physiology, anatomy and hygiene. The knowledge of these subjects is very important and is especially needed by those who are interested and closely connected with pedagogy. If teachers and parents once recognized that as much, if not more, importance should be attached to the physical and hygienic welfare of children we should not see so many weak, delicate and deformed cases.

It is pitiable that the physiques of thousands of children are absolutely neglected, especially when the medical man knows perfectly well that more care in this respect would make

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