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Within recent years there has been an increasing interest in the problem of school health supervision. Because of the intimate contacts of children in the schools, an easy path is opened for the spread of communicable diseases. In addition, in the school the opportunity is presented for the discovery and correction of the great mass of major and minor physical defects which handicap the pupil in mental and physical growth and in development. Modern school health work has availed itself of the progress that has been made in the fields of medicine and of education, so that much has been added to the traditional program of medical inspection. Examinations are more thorough, in many instances including, in addition to the routine physical inspection, urine and blood examinations, metabolic tests, and anthropometric measurements as well as the exact measurement of deficiencies in sight and hearing. In their book, the authors have
Health Supervision and Medical Inspection of Schools.. JAMA. 1927;89(2):142-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690020066033