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In the fields of preventive and industrial medicine and public health many procedures are difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate with scientific precision. It often is a complicated problem to demonstrate that if so-called preventive measures had not been taken the condition supposedly prevented would have happened. These facts would seem to apply particularly to the routine periodic health examination, frequently referred to as the keystone in sickness prevention and health promotion among individuals or industrial workers.
OBJECT OF STUDY
While there has been ample evidence of occasional. abnormal conditions, minor physical impairments and incipient diseases brought to light among individuals, thus making possible their prompt control or remedy, there is as yet no unanimity of opinion or proof that such routine health inventories play a large part or are worth the time, effort and cost involved as a factor in the promotion of group health in general or in
BRISTOL LD. VALUE OF HEALTH EXAMINATIONS IN INDUSTRY: A STUDY OF THE COMPARATIVE SICKNESS RECORDS OF A GROUP OF PERIODIC HEALTH EXAMINEES AND A NONEXAMINED CONTROL GROUP. JAMA. 1945;128(9):627–630. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260001001
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