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PHYSICAL DEFECTS IN CHILDREN:  REPORT OF SIX HUNDRED AND TWO CASES

WILLIAM R. P. EMERSON, M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1921;21(3):282-295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1921.01910330073005.
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In an article published in 1917,1 a group study was presented showing the results of one hundred physical and mental examinations of so-called well children made at the Little Wanderers' Home in Boston. This report includes the children in the former study, together with 145 additional examinations made at the same institution, and 357 made in the Children's Out-Patient Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

One of the objects of the investigation has been to emphasize the importance of more systematic and thorough methods of physical examination for all children. A standard form has been worked out in our nutrition clinics,2 which covers all the practical points in examination in regular order; second, enables different examiners to cover the same ground; third, saves clerical work by so arranging descriptive matter as to allow underlining instead of writing; fourth, acts as a check on the work of the examiner,

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