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Health of School Children

Nature volume 141, page 1135 (25 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE annual report for 1936 of the chief medical officer of the Board of Education, Sir Arthur Mac-Nalty, entitled “The Health of the School Child” (London: H.M. Stationery Office. 2s. 2d., postage included) states that, during the year in question, the nutrition of more than 1,700,000 children was assessed with the result that 14·6 per cent were regarded as excellent, 74·2 as normal, 10·5 as slightly subnormal and 0·7 as bad ; these figures are substantially the same as those in the report for the previous year. Free school meals provided have increased from 87,000,000 in 1935-36 to more than 100,000,000 in 1936-37. More than half the children who could receive milk either free or at half-price still fail to take it. Medical inspection and eyesight, care of the teeth, physical training and recreation and the national health campaign are some of the other subjects dealt with in this report.

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