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April 29, 1916

THE VALUE OF HEALTH EXAMINATIONS

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(18):1374-1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580440012006
Abstract

A complete physical examination should be made of all employees when first hired and periodically afterward, in order to discover physical defects and to place the men at work suitable to their condition. With the general adoption of the workmen's compensation act, it will be as necessary to examine employees as it is now to examine applicants for life insurance; for, the scope of this act is being so extended that employers, or insurance companies, will become responsible for the injuries of all employees, no matter what their physical condition may be or its effect on the cause of the injuries.

Our industries are in need of a constant supply of labor. As soon as the children are turned out of school, they are absorbed into the mills and factories and put to work at whatever happens to be the first vacancy. Their ability to do this work is judged

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