June 1953

Health Observations of School Children: A Guide for Helping Teachers and Others to Observe and Understand the School Child in Health and Illness.

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By George M. Wheatley, M.D., M.P.H. Third Vice-President, Health and Welfare, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., and Grace T. Hallock. Edition 1. Price, $4.75. Pp. 491, with 86 figures and 21 tables. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42d St., New York 18, 1951.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(6):750-751. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070767019

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Everyone interested in the health of the school child recognizes the fact that the teacher, who is in close contact with children for one-third of their waking hours during 12 of their most formative years, is in a key position to make day-to-day observations of their growth and development and of the state of their health. The fact that most teachers are not adequately trained in health observation has been a weak spot in the effective utilization of the services of physicians, nurses, and other professional persons available for the maintenance and improvement of the health of the school child. An authoritative and comprehensive book such as this one, which offers basic and thorough training in health observation to any intelligent and alert lay person, is long overdue.

The early chapters give a three-dimensional view of the child, both as an individual and as a growing organism, presented on a

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