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November 25, 1911


Author Affiliations

Berkeley, Cal. Lecturer in School Hygiene, University of California.; Los Angeles, Cal. Director of Physical Education, Los Angeles City Schools; Lecturer in Health and Development, University of Southern California; Head of the Department of Physical Education, University of California, Summer Session.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(22):1750-1751. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260110250006

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION METHODS OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN*  The committee has confined its report to the discussion of the following:I. Object of physical examinations.II. Present methods and their results.III. Fundamental problems to be considered.IV. Specific recommendations.

I. OBJECT OF PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS  Physical examinations are conducted for the purpose of detecting variations from the normal that interfere with the health, growth and development of the child. The normal educative process is possible only when the physical and mental conditions of the child do not vary too widely from the established standards recognized as the normal. Evidence at hand shows that large numbers of defectives are present in every school.

II. A STUDY OF THE PRESENT METHODS AND RESULTS ACCOMPLISHED  A survey of the available statistics shows that there are relatively few cities of the United States giving complete physical examination of school

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