Shall we put a well-educated physician in each of the public schools? is a question; and if not why not? Let it be a physician who will make a thorough study of the pupils, classify them with reference to their physical and mental development and aptitude, both for study and play.
Without bone and muscle and without a plentiful supply of wholesome blood, the brain and nervous system can not long remain intact and properly perform their respective functions. The daily expenditure of brain energy and nervous force must necessarily have its corresponding recuperation by sound sleep, proper food, and wholesome exercise in the open air. This applies to all classes and conditions of ages, and especially to school children.
The excellence of the public school system everywhere is conceded. It is apparently almost perfect. The present system of education is broad, comprehensive, and fulfils the order of discipline in
HIETT GW. THE DOCTOR IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(22):1389–1391. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610220019001d
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