Medical Inspection in London


    DR. JAMES KERR, medical officer (education) to the London County Council, here adds another to the. series of his admirable reports. These always contain-much that cannot be neglected by the students of educational conditions, and this report is no exception. It consists of sixty-six pages crowded with new materials of the highest scientific and practical value. Administratively, probably the most important statement in the report is that “a point has now been reached, as to whether the greater part of the medical inspection shall remain fruitless, or whether the Council shall take steps which will justify its later interference to see that its younger dependents have a fair chance of benefiting properly by the education offered. Treatment as a public concern will have to be considered in respect to certain educational matters, such as visual troubles, discharging ears, ringworm, and the care of the teeth, in which neither the private practitioner nor the hospitals can give hope of either providing sufficient or satisfactory relief for most of the cases requiring it” (p. 3). A composite committee has been appointed to inquire into this serious problem, on which the circular recently issued by the Board of Education has a definite bearing. The report of this committee will be looked for with interest alike by the hospitals and the practitioners.

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    Medical Inspection in London . Nature 77, 355–356 (1908).

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