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February 20, 1943


JAMA. 1943;121(8):619-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840080067023

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MEDICAL STANDARDS FOR PHYSICIANS IN THE SCHOOLS PROPOSED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS  In 1937 the Committee on School Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics proposed five principles to guide in the development of medical services for public schools. Last year the committee reemphasized the second principle, which was concerned with medical standards and the maintenance of quality of service. We quoted from one of the principles of the American Medical Association: "The responsibility for the character of medical service must be borne by the medical profession" and declared "The advice which is given to parents, pupils or school staff should meet the best medical standards."While the soundness of these principles has not been questioned, a neglect of medical standards has been almost characteristic of school service until very recently, and still too many places allow the responsibility for the character of medical service to be borne by lay administrators. Organization plans generally provide no way of being sure that the school administrator's decisions will be made with the benefit of a full

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