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December 11, 1915


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JAMA. 1915;LXV(24):2050-2054. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580240006002

The advantage to be gained by industries in this country entering the field of preventive medicine by means of the physical examination of employees depends on the attitude assumed by medical advisers and the captains of our industrial organizations. That the need for the physical examination of the working force of the world is fundamentally sound, and has an economic and humanitarian basis, has been recognized by the medical profession for years. The fear of a few people, and they are often great molders of public opinion, that some industries may abuse the privilege gained by a knowledge of the physical condition of its workingmen is no ground for the denial of its usefulness to all. Industrial organizations are in business and not philanthropy, and therefore are primarily interested in the increased efficiency and the diminished waste, which are due to preventable accidents and sickness. Industry is also humane and

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