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October 1923


Author Affiliations

Director of Health and Hygiene, School Department NEW BEDFORD, MASS.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1923;8(4):520-522. doi:10.1001/archderm.1923.02360160062009

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The school physician is obliged to practice dermatology of a certain sort, and it may be of interest to the specialist in this work to learn something of the cases encountered and the methods used, as well as the basis of the work. Such an understanding may lead to a closer relation between the skin specialist and the man who is doing a highly specialized type of public health work.

The object of school work is primarily to exclude danger and to keep up attendance. It deals with all classes and groups of children of all ages, and whatever treatment is outlined must commonly be for those who are unable to provide other service or who are unwilling to do so because of the belief that the lesion is of too little importance.

The most common disease is undoubtedly pediculosis. In the school systems of some years' standing, with certain

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