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July 17, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;137(12):1043-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890460039012

SCHOOL HEALTH COMMITTEES  Every school, regardless of size or location, has numerous health problems which it must solve to the satisfaction of its local community. Teachers must realize the health status of the children in order to fit the educational program to the individual child's needs and capabilities. Teachers of physical education must know which children have cardiac lesions, hernias and recurrently dislocating joints if exercise is to be safely used. Medical examination obviously must be provided for all school children--but how, at what frequency and by whom?School authorities are obviously in need of carefully considered medical advice; where shall they obtain it? The report of the recent Conference on the Cooperation of the Physician in the School Health and Physical Education Program1 suggests that each local medical society appoint a School Health Committee to represent its membership in working with the local school authorities. A generally acceptable