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The need for medical services, other than for illnesses, by a large proportion of the child population has been well established through health surveys made in different sections of the country and has been dramatically emphasized by the number of selective service rejections during World War II. Although there is awareness of this problem, the task of getting defects corrected is a difficult one.
A report from one community with regard to the reasons for rejection for military service of their selectees has shown that the conditions for which the men were rejected had been noted fifteen years before in the records of their school health examinations. As the authors of this inquiry have stated: "It is particularly disturbing to find that in spite of knowing which children in a community would grow up into physically handicapped adulthood, the health professions, the lay professions, and especially society as a whole,
HARDY MC. FOLLOW-UP OF MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Results of a Health Checkup of a Group of Well Children in Chicago. JAMA. 1948;136(1):20–27. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890180022005
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