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February 20, 1954


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University Hospitals, Cleveland 6.

JAMA. 1954;154(8):702. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420064023

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To the Editor:—  The editorial in the Dec. 19, 1953, issue of The Journal brings into focus vital aspects of the question of periodic health examinations, their validity, and the resistances to their more general application. Several questions are prompted by the discussion in paragraph four of the editorial relating to emphasis on disease rather than on health in educating the public. The interest of the general public on matters of health, bodily function, and good hygiene is illustrated by the success of health museums, exhibits, and lectures. However, these mediums of mass communication have much different implications to the recipients than do close individual attention to and examination of the same public by physicians. The observation of emotional problems in medical patients has convinced me that education in health matters will be successful only as long as the recipient of that information does not feel that he might become

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