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October 27, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(17):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460430028005

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Last January the medical inspection of school children was put in operation by the school board of Chicago. While it proved satisfactory, certain politicians conceived the idea that the few thousand dollars annually expended in this direction could be used for a better purpose—better for the politician. Accordingly, a feeling was created against the employment of physicians as inspectors, and for a time it seemed as if the efforts of these would-be economists would succeed. But recently most definite results have been seen, and several instances have occurred wherein timely discovery of contagious disease in the schools and quick isolation prevented an epidemic. Most of the newspapers have favored the work from the first and have defended the medical inspectors in the efforts to prevent epidemics among the school children. The Chicago Times-Herald of October 22 editorially says:

The record of the work accomplished by the medical inspectors in preventing

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