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September 15, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(11):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460370034009

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The article by Dr. Christopher, published in this and the preceding issue of The Journal, treats of a subject that has a more than passing interest. The welfare of the child, and especially at the critical period of puberty, is an important matter and it is easily seen how faulty educational methods may have a damaging influence that will be felt through all the future life of the individual. Dr. Christopher has utilized the methods of modern physiologic research and has availed himself of the services of assistants skilled in instrumental psychologic experimentation, which would naturally add to the value of the observations. From this study he demonstrates already some facts that are suggestive, if not conclusive, such for example as that shown by the power curve through the school-day and the corresponding ergograms. It is apparent, at least, that the child needs more frequent respite from school duties than

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