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Medical Inspection of State Schoolchildren in Australia, c.1905-14

Smith, F Barry

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From about 1905 some medical practitioners pressed State governments to back official physical examinations of State school children. Their campaign embodied a broader project to identify and reduce incapacities undermining public hygiene and national efficiency. Some of the activists became inspectors in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Evidence about their relations with children, teachers, parents, communities and local GPs seems to be meagre but worth pursuing. The...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSmith, F Barry
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:40:42Z
dc.identifier.issn1442-1771
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/36612
dc.description.abstractFrom about 1905 some medical practitioners pressed State governments to back official physical examinations of State school children. Their campaign embodied a broader project to identify and reduce incapacities undermining public hygiene and national efficiency. Some of the activists became inspectors in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. Evidence about their relations with children, teachers, parents, communities and local GPs seems to be meagre but worth pursuing. The campaign's immediate and longterm effects on child health apparently disappointed its proponents 'hopes, but still might have helped many children and benefited national fitness. Later repercussions of boys being classed as 'fit' could prove deadly in the Great War.
dc.publisherAustralian Society for the History of Medicine
dc.sourceHealth and History
dc.subjectKeywords: adolescent; article; Australia; child; child welfare; female; health status; hearing test; history; human; male; mass screening; physical examination; school health service; statistics; vision test; Adolescent; Australia; Child; Child Welfare; Female; Hea
dc.titleMedical Inspection of State Schoolchildren in Australia, c.1905-14
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume10
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu8205243xPUB138
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, F Barry, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage5
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage20
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T11:38:56Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-68949160447
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