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Physical effects of factory work on children

Factory labour is a species of work, in some respects singularly unfitted for children. Cooped up in a heated atmosphere, debarred the necessary exercise, remaining in one position for a series of hours, one set of system of muscles alone called into activity, it cannot be wondered at-that its effects are injurious to the physical growth of a child. Where the bony system is still imperfect, the vertical position it is compelled to retain, influences its direction; the spinal column bends beneath the weight of the head, bulges out laterally, or is dragged forward by the weight of the parts composing the chest, the pelvis yields beneath the opposing pressure downwards, and the resistance given by the thigh- bones; the legs curve, and the whole body loses height, in consequence of this general yielding and bending of its parts.

Source A description of the physical effects of factory work on a child's growth.
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