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To the Editor:
—I notice with much interest an editorial in The Journal, Jan. 14, 1911, p. 124, relative to the score-card system of dairy inspection, which you commend, but say that it needs "further elaboration." I shall be much interested in seeing your comments on the card and getting your ideas on the same. Possibly a few words relative to the history and development of the standard card now in use may be helpful to you and of interest. The first score-card which I ever saw allowed 500 points and handed out blocks of twenty-five to thirty-five for different items. It soon became evident that such a card, as you say, needed "further elaboration;" that if twenty-five points were allowed, for instance, for "Cleanliness of the Stable," there would be a chance for very wide differences in the score; so that from time to time we have revised the
Whitaker GM. Card System of Dairy Inspection. JAMA. 1911;LVI(8):608–609. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560080056024