June 1973

School Health: A guide for Physicians.

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY 14642


By the Committee on School Health: American Academy of Pediatrics. Prices, quantity on request. Pp 167 plus an appendix. American Academy of Pediatrics, PO Box 1034, Evanston, IL 60204, 1972.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(6):905-906. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160060101033

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Four parts (I. Medicine and the Schools; II. Characteristics and Problems of School Children; III. Health Appraisal; and IV. Component Programs and Activities) and 19 appendices are presented for the medical student, resident, and practicing physician interested in looking at one of the potentially most exciting and rewarding fields of child health care: school health. This is a difficult enough task for one author—let alone a committee—given the scope, breadth, and depth of the field. The committee seems even to be perhaps a little dissatisfied with the 1972 guidelines, since they include the following about its content: "The statements presented herein do not preclude alternatives which may be more appropriate taking into account local situations and all other relevant facts."

Perhaps a more direct way of stating their concern for the field could be: from our point of view the whole field is up for grabs—either school health should become

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