Through the courtesy of the trustees of a semicharitable institution for children of both sexes, we have had the opportunity to make observations for thirty-one months on the growth and nutrition of the children who were inmates. The data obtained have furnished some very interesting statistics on the growth and general condition of children living under institutional conditions.
The institution was a Roman Catholic home and school for poor children, conducted by Sisters of a French order. During the first twenty months of our study, it was housed in an old-fashioned building occupying a plot about 100 feet square in the heart of the uptown business section of New York, which had been its home for over fifty years. This building was surrounded by tall office buildings, which cut off from it much light and fresh air. It was, therefore, dark and rather gloomy, though scrupulously clean. The