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January 31, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(5):368-369. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310058020

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The School Medical Service  In his annual report for 1929 on the school medical service, which has just been published, the chief medical officer to the board of education, Sir George Newman, states that during the year 2,737,327 children passed under medical review, being 55.8 per cent of the average attendance. The percentage found suffering from definite defects (excluding dental disease) requiring treatment was 20.8. In spite of the prevalence of unemployment there was little increase in the incidence of malnutrition, though many reports emphasized the number of children of subnormal physique. In the majority of the areas not subjected to exceptional distress the nutrition of the children appeared to be on the upward grade. The "school diseases" mainly consist of slight and remediable departures from the normal. A generation ago nothing was heard of these cases, which were largely neglected. Although the percentage of children with certain types of

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