Since its inception in San Antonio twenty-five years ago, medical inspection of schools has been slow enough in coming into its own. It is perhaps only within five years that rapid advances have been made. At present most cities have some type of a medical inspection system, but on close scrutiny one is led to believe that many of these have been established as a mere formality. However, where a start has been made, future improvement may well be hoped for.
What of the small towns, those that number from 2,500 to 5,000 population? As is often the case with progressive measures, the small cities and towns have not been quick to accept medical inspection. The reasons for this stand are many, chief among them being a somewhat narrowed administrative perspective and false ideas of economy. Then, too, it may quite truthfully be stated that because of the usually superior
BARKER C. HEALTH SUPERVISION IN SMALL TOWN SCHOOLS. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(16):1188–1190. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580420014004
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