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Epidemics in Schools*

Nature volume 142, page 625 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS volume constitutes an interim report of a committee appointed by the Medical Research Council seven years ago to investigate the subject of epidemic and other illnesses in schools from both the scientific and practical points of view. Of the schools investigated, twenty were public schools for boys and seventeen for girls, the majority of the pupils being boarders, and the social class being very similar in both. Most of the pupils had been to preparatory schools, so that there was no sudden change in environment-from the family to school- and were between thirteen and eighteen years of age. The criterion of sickness adopted was that causing at least one day's absence from school.

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