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Children’s Diseases Can Be Prevented – Strength Magazine – July, 1925

Of the many fallacies quite generally believed to be truths, one of the most senseless and absurd is the idea that measles is necessary to the well-being of a child, and that the sooner he gets it the sooner he’ll get rid of the probability of having it again. This is about on a par with the answer of a bright pupil who said a lobster was a red animal that walked backward. Teacher agreed that this statement was correct, with the trifling exceptions that a lobster was not an animal, but a shellfish; that it wasn’t red until it was boiled ; and that it did not walk backward, but sidewise.

Stark CenterUniversity of Texas