"It is grossly uneconomic to allow
the health and stamina of infants
to deteriorate till 5 years of age
and then to spend large sums of
money in trying to cure them between
the ages of 5 and 15."
The above passage occurs in a joint circular
issued in December, 1929, by the Iinistry of Health and
Board of Education to Local Authorities, and, were one
necessary, this extract would prove an ample excuse for
my choosing the factors influencing the health of the
pre- school child as a subject for the M.D. thesis.
Certain periods of the child's life are at
present well supervised by the Authorities and what is
done for the health of the child during these periods
may be briefly summarised as follows.