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March 22, 1902

The Will of the People, Not of an Oligarchy.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):776-778. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480120034018

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Boston, Mass., March 13, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Prof. William T. Sedgwick, Boston, in an address published in a recent number of The Journal "confesses with sorrow" the lack of success of efforts to prevent the study of "temperance physiology" as now required in the public schools of this country. He first offers in defense of his opposition the fact that Horace Mann, in 1842, did not include temperance physiology in his essay on "The study of Physiology in the Schools," but he omits to add the significant accompanying fact of history, namely, that the recommendations of Horace Mann's essay that "physiology should be taught in the schools," aroused in Massachusetts such a storm of bitter opposition from the doctors and men of official science, that the existence of the Massachusetts State Board of Education and its secretary, Horace Mann, were saved by only a hair's breadth from being entirely

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