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April 3, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(14):1197. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780140053023

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To the Editor:—  The importance of Dean Smiley's article (The Journal, February 6) on "The Problem of School Medical and Dental Service" cannot be overestimated. It is properly stated that the school is the child's second home. A considerable portion of childhood is spent in the school. The necessity of keeping children well during this period is readily realized. As health director of the city schools of Albany for five years, I have had first hand information not only of local but also of state school health organizations. Each state has its own rules, regulations and laws. Some are more involved than others. Some are affiliated with the education department. Still others are associated with the state and local health bureaus. It is difficult to determine which is more efficient. As far as school health being directed by education authorities, as in New York State, is concerned, there is one

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