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May 15, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(3):244. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890370026009

Physicians and patients have been aware for many years of the importance of periodic examinations. Early diagnosis and the application of the " stitch in time" work wonders in tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and most other chronic diseases. In most physicians' offices health examinations take time, frequently one or two hours. Few patients could bear the financial burden of the time taken. If the physician habitually contributed the extra time this eventually would become a burden.

Now the Joint Committee on Health Problems in Education of the National Education Association and the American Medical Association1 suggest (a) that health examinations of school children be done routinely at this healthiest period of their lives only every three years, (b) that the parent accept the responsibility for furnishing the health history; (c) that the teacher take the responsibility for such tests as height, weight, vision and hearing, (d) that the