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September 7, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(10):784-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710100046028

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The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Medical Inspection of Schools in the Netherlands  On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the organization of the medical inspection of schools, Dr. Van der Loo published recently an account of the results secured thus far. From the start, the idea had its defenders but also its opponents. Among the latter, one of the most ardent was A. Dirk, a teacher in Leyden, who regarded the intervention of the school physician in the hygienic care of children, which in his opinion belonged solely to the parents, as an attack on parental authority. He feared the disturbance and friction that such an innovation would likely provoke; the harmful influence on the characters of the children of having too much attention paid to them, and, finally, he warned against complications that might arise from an undue confraternal spirit developing between the school physicians and private persons.

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