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PERIODIC MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS OF APPARENTLY HEALTHY PERSONS

HAVEN EMERSON, M.D.
JAMA. 1923;80(19):1376-1381. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26430460003011.
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From both medical and lay sources requests have come to the American Medical Association to prepare a description of the objects to be attained, the methods to be employed and results which may be expected from inquiry into and observation of the tissues and physiologic functions of persons, young and old, who are not at the time aware of any disease or defect which is causing them to seek medical relief.

By resolution of the House of Delegates in June, 1922, the Council on Health and Public Instruction was authorized to prepare forms suitable for use by practitioners of medicine in carrying out the purposes of the periodic health examination, and the statement here submitted is offered in fulfilment of this obligation.1

The preparation of forms for record of the applicant's history and the medical examination, without explanatory text as to the intent and meaning of the questions and

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