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March 9, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(10):873-874. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970450075019

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To the Editor:—  In the Jan. 26, 1957, issue of The Journal, page 304, in the Correspondence section, Dr. Cahall stresses the matter of health examinations of physicians, which was presented on page 1414 of The Journal of Dec. 8, 1956, by Dr. Lesser. I should like to state that such a program was established in this hospital last fall, and we intend to offer this program to our staff physicians gratis every year. It was interesting to note that, of the first 70 physicians examined, unknown or undetected conditions existed in 15, and these were revealed by the physical examination, laboratory tests, roentgenograms, or rectal examinations. Papanicolaou smears of the cervix were done as part of the examination for females. We believe that, in addition to the value of these yearly examinations, it does build up the morale of the physician in his association with the hospital. We have

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