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January 26, 1957


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138 W. Walnut Lane Germantown Philadelphia 44

JAMA. 1957;163(4):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970390080028

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To the Editor:—  The notorious negligence of physicians of their own health supervision was recently emphasized by Dr. Arthur J. Lesser in The Journal of Dec. 8, 1956, page 1414. We are loath to burden our busy colleagues with additional obligations. In our own hospital a clinic has been established for physical examinations, treatment, and follow-up care of orderlies, nurses, technicians, office staff, and other employees. It is ironic and fallacious that the staff itself, who conduct these activities, should be without some similar health survey. As a model system may I indicate the program of the Germantown Dispensary and Hospital. Each year we specify a definite day and time for "Your Health Examination." Examining teams of appropriate members of the staff conduct these screening sessions. They include history and eyegrounds, nose and throat, heart, abdominal, and rectal examinations. The physicians then have a chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, complete blood cell

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