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November 11, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(20):1232-1233. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450720048008

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The unusual number of cases of scarlet fever, diphtheria and other contagious diseases in this city—and these evidently increasing—make it probable that the Board of Education of Chicago will adopt the proposal of Dr. Christopher for the employment of fifty medical inspectors to examine public school pupils who are absent four days or more. The diseases mentioned are naturally spread more from the large congregation of children in schools than in any other way, and if this source of contagion can be eliminated by some such regulation and preventive measures as proposed, the plan ought to have the hearty support of all. That the present loose regulations are a failure is too evident to need even a mention. There are several causes for this: One is the prevalence of the faith cure craze under various names. Those who follow these fads, not recognizing the existence of disease, necessarily do not

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