"This book adds an important dimension to our understanding of children’s health and the contested role of the state in providing health services to needy populations. Meckel illuminates the sometimes promising, sometimes disappointing evolution of school health in America during a critical period of growing public institutions, philanthropies, and private entities."
(Alexandra Minna Stern University of Michigan
"This is the first comprehensive history of public school hygiene in the United States. Meckel skillfully traces the origins and evolution of school health programs and their troubled legacy today."
(Heather Munro Prescott author of Student Bodies: The Influence of Student Health in American Society an
About the Author
RICHARD A. MECKEL is an associate professor of American studies at Brown University. He is the author of Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850–1929 and coeditor of Children and Youth in Sickness and in Health.