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December 19, 1953

PERIODIC HEALTH EXAMINATIONS

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1449-1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330033013
Abstract

The growing tendency to recommend an annual physical examination has aroused a great deal of controversy in this country and abroad. As is the case with most arguments, resolution must await the accumulation of facts. Toward this end, encouraging steps are being taken. Baker and co-workers1 have analyzed the results of 2,178 examinations, including follow-ups in 1,350 persons, mostly business executives, who had no physical complaint. Many of them were sent for examination at the expense of the firms by which they were employed. This indication that corporations are recognizing that the toll of death and disability in their executives is excessive and that something should be done in the way of prevention is in itself encouraging. Following are questions relating to the periodic examination that still need to be answered.

1. What shall constitute a medical "overhaul" in a person with no complaints? In discussing this question Abrahams,

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