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March 20, 1909

Medical Inspection of Schools.

JAMA. 1909;LII(12):985. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540380051022

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Gulick and Ayres say that the importance of steps looking toward the health of our public school children is indicated by the following facts: 1. The school is the only governmental department that assumes control of children's lives. 2. At least nine out of every ten American children are subject to this control. 3. Such control is maintained (roughly speaking) during the critical years from 7 to 14. The author's effort has been to produce a practically useful and reliable book, not making light of or evading problems and difficulties yet to be solved, but avoiding all dogmatism in theorizing. The nature and aims of medical school inspection are twofold. The first directs attention to steps necessary for the immediate present in the preservation of the community against invasion by contagious disease. The records of this phase of medical school inspection are concerned almost if not entirely with disease or

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