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June 8, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(23):2309-2310. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810230039014

A committee appointed by the Board of Trustees to cooperate with the Bureau of Health Education in revising the Manual for Periodic Health Examinations of Apparently Healthy Persons has completed its work and has issued a revision under the title Periodic Health Examination: A Manual for Physicians.1 The new manual represents a complete revision of the material which was first issued in 1925 and superficially revised in 1932. The committee endeavored to consider some of the reasons why the periodic health examination of apparently normal persons had not been more widely accepted as a habitual practice even among intelligent and well educated persons. There were two reasons, the committee concluded, for the situation: (1) excessive and unjustifiable claims for what periodic health examinations can be expected to accomplish and (2) a feeling on the part of the public, whether justified or not, that periodic health examinations, though theoretically desirable,

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