It is remarkable to see the rapid increase in interest in the health of men since
the mid-1980s. We have moved from a position where there was almost
complete silence on the subject, an absence that was reflected not only in
policy and clinical practice but also within the academic community, to this
now being recognized as an area of major importance.
This report on "Health Work in the Public Schools" is one of the 25 sections of the report of the Educational
Survey of Cleveland conducted by the Survey Committee of the Cleveland Foundation in 1915. Twenty-three
of these sections will be published as separate monographs. In addition there will be a larger volume giving a
summary of the findings and recommendations relating to the regular work of the public schools, and a second
similar volume giving the summary of those sections relating to industrial education.
A comprehensive survey of the United States, at the end of the Civil War, would reveal a state of society
which bears little resemblance to that of today. Almost all those commonplace fundamentals of existence, the
things that contribute to our bodily comfort while they vex us with economic and political problems, had not
yet made their appearance.