In the past, much of the health information which high school pupils acquired was handed down to them traditionally. They listened to what their elders had to say and seldom questioned the validity of it. Assertions to the effect that a buckeye carried in one's pocket would prevent rheumatism; that a piece of salt fat pork bound about the neck would counteract diphtheria; or that some malodorous substances would, if breathed, ward off certain communicable diseases were considered as truths and were passed on to the next generation. Since health is now taught in our high schools by teachers adequately prepared, such traditional material is fast giving way to facts.
©1928 by Iowa State Teachers College
Swalwell, Belva W.
"Stress Pertinent Facts in Health Teaching,"
Science Bulletin: Vol. 1:
2, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/science_bulletin/vol1/iss2/10