Stress of academic work nothing new â€“ selections from the University Archives
While writing those end of semester papers and preparing for finals current students might find some truth in Carrie J. Goddardâ€™s 1894 notes on Professor James Wetmore's class in Sanitary Science at the New York State Normal College (reproduced below). The title of the lecture, or at least of Goddardâ€™s notes on the lecture, was â€œDangers of School Life to the Brain.â€? According to Goddardâ€™s notes below, Wetmore told the class that â€œimpure air, over study, examinations, punishmentsâ€? could lead to diseases of the brain such as â€œSt. Vitasâ€™ Dance, epilepsy, brain fever, [or] nervous prostration,â€? or simply to â€œinsanity.â€?
Pictured below is Professor Wetmore with his Natural Science Class in our Willett Street Building, ca. 1890. No picture of Goddard exists.
For the original 1894 notebook and photos of our school, at the time the State Normal College, in the 1890 consult the University Archivist Geoffrey Williams in the , M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Science Library 356.