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September 18, 1926

THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN'S PLACE IN THE INSPECTION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN: WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE RURAL SITUATION

JAMA. 1926;87(12):932-936. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680120042013
Abstract

What is the ultimate aim, not the speculative ideal but the reasonable attainable goal, in the inspection of school children? Have we not the right to hope that some day virtually every child will be, as he has a right to be, made fit to enter school with a healthy body essential to normal development?

For endless generations, the schools have had to try to teach the physically unfit. Is it logical, is it reasonable, is it necessary, that this should be so? Cannot we find some plan for changing this condition, a plan that will appeal to all agencies interested in the child—to the home, to the school and to the church, but most of all to the physician, who, in the final analysis, must be the real factor in carrying out any such plan?

Necessarily, this paper will have to be somewhat discursive; but I will endeavor to

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