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Mail Tribune 100, May 6, 1918

May 6, 1918


The benefits of a school survey by the public nurse have been demonstrated in Central Point, according to a communication sent by E. B. Stanley, principal of the Central Point schools.


I wish at this time to commend the work which has been done in this community by the county health nurse, Miss Jane C. Allen.

Miss Allen has, with one exception, examined every child in this school. We were not especially surprised at the number of children whom she found physically defective in one way or another, but we are surprised and, at the same time, pleased with the success which she has been having in getting the parents to cooperate.

A small percentage of the children in any school will be found to be in such condition physically that it should be a criminal offense to let them go without the needed medical attention. This school has proved to be no exception to the rule. Miss Allen found as many as three children who were nearly blind in either one or both eyes — a condition which can be remedied by wearing glasses. More than a dozen others have poor sight and are suffering more or less, from headaches or other nervous troubles. Several have their throats filled with rotten tonsils or adenoids which make them mouth breathers, which condition causes many other troubles. Two of the children are in the first stages of tuberculosis.

A large percentage of those found defective have already received medical aid and show great improvement in their school work.

I am bringing this matter to your attention at this time because I am convinced that few people, other than teachers, fully realize the value of the work of a health nurse. The better informed people have their children properly cared for and take it for granted that others do the same. The less informed do not know the necessity of such and so their children have to suffer as a result.

The loss ultimately falls upon the state and county in maintenance of poor farms, hospitals and penal institutions. It also lowers the standard of our citizenship.

I believe that the children who are growing into the ranks of manhood and womanhood should have the advantage of careful medical inspection as do the boys who enter the ranks of the army.

What the nurse has accomplished here in the case of any one of several children is worth all that it has cost to keep her during the time she has been here. I therefore urge that the county court seriously consider the matter of providing a permanent county health nurse.

Respectfully yours, E.B. STANLEY, Central Point, April 30.

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