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May 5, 1900


Author Affiliations

Ophthalmic and Aural Surgeon to the Milwaukee Children's Hospital and to the Milwaukee County Hospital for the Chronic Insane; Managing Editor, Annals of Ophthalmology; Associate Editor, Ophthalmic Record; Chairman, Section on Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, 1900, etc. MILWAUKEE, WIS.; Professor of Ophthalmology, Chicago Policlinic; Professor of Ophthalmology and Otology, Northwestern Woman's Medical College; Oculist and Aurist to St. Luke's Hospital, Consulting Oculist and Aurist to St. Joseph's Hospital. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(18):1111-1114. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610180023001h

I have been requested by the superintendent of the Milwaukee schools to say something concerning methods for the systematic examination of school children's vision and hearing, which have been instituted in a number of the large cities of America, and have been taken up in this city under the authority of the commissioner of public health.

The enlightenment of the young may be likened to the raising of agricultural products. Not only are proper seeds necessary, but favorable soil and conditions are quite as needful. The means of education: the buildings, properly placed, constructed and conducted, including teachers, systems, books, etc., have been fully developed in our day. The child's mind should be active and its body and senses healthy to render it capable of profiting by instruction. Modern schools, with their effective machinery, are a source of gratification and delight to all; but enthusiastic, progressive and systematic educators do