The inquiry which was inaugurated in the Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases at the New Orleans Session (1903) as to the relation of school methods to the production of neuroses and psychoneuroses and other "school diseases" revealed the fact that the data for such inferences were not yet available.
Such data can only accumulate from a carefully planned system of medical inspection of school children: 1. At the time they enter on the school curriculum. 2. At frequent intervals during the years they are in attendance on school.
Moreover, before the school methods can be charged with any injurious effects that may be observed, there are many other possible causes of such ill effects that will need to be eliminated, especially such as relate, 1, to the hygiene and sanitation of the school rooms, buildings and equipment; 2, to conditions to which the child is subjected outside of
WILLIAM JAMES HERDMAN, JAMES H. McBRIDE. RELATION OF SCHOOL METHODS TO SCHOOL DISEASES.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(15):1175–1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500420016002a