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November 29, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(22):797. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410480025006

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Do not crowd the children! The school duties should be measured out to them in proportion to their nervous vigor. It is manifest to every discriminating observer that there are causes at work, in city life especially, that will compel a further reduction in the duration of the school attendance and in the pressure on the highly evoluted nervous organizations of the present day. The hours and pressure are already much less than was considered perfectly legitimate in your and our boyhood days. The penalties then liberally administered, "for the good of the rising generation," are not tolerated for a moment now. Correctional measures of discipline have now to be administered sparingly and judiciously; you must spare the rod sometimes, or you will spoil the child. Many parents of our acquaintance view with annoyance and chagrin the apparent incapacity of their offspring, in the fact that the latter cannot undertake

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