A study in short-sight in public elementary schools

Bywater, E. F. W (1913). A study in short-sight in public elementary schools. University of Birmingham. M.D.


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Since Cohn’s investigation of the cause a of short- sight and the striking evidence which he brought forward as to the part which Education played in connection therewith, we have been accustomed to regard the schools as the "hot bed" of myopia. In view of the apparently conclusive nature of the statistics obtained by Cohn after an examination of over 10,000 scholars in German Schools, supplemented, as these have been, by the work of Snellen, Priestley Smith, Straub (Amsterdam) and many other eminent ophthalmologists, one reads with something of surprise the memoir or Pearson and Barrington “ A First Study of the Inheritance of Vision, and of the relative influence of Heredity and Environment on Sigh “. In this memoir, which was issued in 1909 under "the auspice of the Eugenic Laboratory of London University, the authors have carefully analysed, by modern statistical methods, much of the evidence adduced in support, of the generally accepted theory "that short- sight is largely the result of Educational Environment.

Type of Work: Thesis (Higher Doctorates > M.D.)
Award Type: Higher Doctorates > M.D.
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
School or Department: Medical School
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/8043


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