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July 6, 1912

Health and Medical Inspection of School Children.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(1):55-56. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070057032

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Systematic inspection of school children and organized efforts on the part of the state or the municipality to improve the physical condition of pupils in the public schools have developed so rapidly in the last few years as to outstrip the preparation of scientific text-books on the subject. In fact, text-books would not be possible until experiments, observation and experience had furnished material on which to base them. Summaries of the work already done have been issued by governmental bureaus and philanthropic organizations. These, however, are reports of progress in legislation and organization rather than text-books which can be followed by those lacking in experience and wishing to take up this work. Dr. Cornell's book is based on practical experience as a school medical inspector. Its contents are divided into three parts, viz., "Medical Inspection," "Hygiene" and "Defects and Disease."

Under the first heading, administration questions are discussed, such as

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