In the early part of 1930 one of my readers sent me a news clipping from the Cincinnati Times Star, headed Health Work Aids Doctors. It said "thousands are sent to physicians as result." The whole article is as follows:
"Are 'socialized' health agencies preventative and curative, bringing lean times and reducing the number of physicians and other private health workers?
"Do public clinics, public hospitals and public health departments affect the income of physicians, surgeons and dentists.
"These questions, presented Saturday to Health Director William H. Peters, brought the declaration that in his judgment the only effect was that practitioners had to modify their activities.
"Dr. Peters pointed out that when Cincinnati purified its water there was an almost entire elimination of thousands of cases of typhoid fever and other water-carried diseases, treatment of which gave an immense revenue to physicians, nurses and others.
"On the other hand Dr. Peters said the medical inspection of schools by publicly employed district physicians aided private practice. Thus the inspectors discover defects in children, which are reported to parents and thousands then take their children to the family physician or a specialist.
"The public drives for the immunization of children against diphtheria brought a great revenue to private practitioners. There were about 35,000 children treated and of this number about fifty-four per cent by private practitioners, or about 19,000. At $5. a treatment the revenue would be $95,000. Annually there are about 7,500 children to be so treated. This work gives a revenue far in excess of what the treatment of the disease yielded, Dr. Peters.
"So he said, the agitation for annual general physical examinations in his opinion, has resulted in thousands of persons resorting to their physicians, surgeons and dentists to be examined.
"Dr. Peters said it was requisite for physicians and other health practitioners to 'reconcilie themselves to the age.' He said more should go in for preventative medicine and all should recognize how public health activity stimulated persons to mind their physical and mental condition and thus helped the private practitioner.
"Dr. Peters said it was true there were some physicians in this community who complained of the 'inroads' that 'socialized' medicine was making on their incomes and that there were perhaps some who actually were affected. He declared that there were compensations that in the mass more than canceled such instances."
This accounts for the growing interest on the part of doctors and health boards and serum and vaccine makers and dentists, in so-called health education. They are bent on increasing the business of the doctors and dentists and in the sale of more vaccines and serums.
Inspecting the school children increases the work of doctors. It is clone the country over. Not merely the school child, but the pre-school child now comes in for this form of exploitation. Here in San Antonio, for instance, The Parent-Teacher Association sponsors medical examinations of the pre-school child. Tonsil operations, and other operations, eye-glasses, serums and vaccines and other forms of vandalism and poisoning follow these examinations and the doctors of the city are enriched in purse.
Medical Inspection of school children is a means of boosting business for the doctors. The inspected children are brow-beaten, abused, bullied and "ragged" to have their tonsils removed, toxin-anti-toxin inoculated into them, by the incompetents who are placed on the school board. These doctors do nothing useful but do much to injure the physical and mental health of children, besides greatly annoying parents and teachers. But the practice will not end until parents kill it.
In the first half of this year, the Bronx County Medical Society, through one of its Bulletins, expressed its resentment against the extent to which the toxin- antitoxin campaign had been pushed in New York City. Health Commissioner Wynne. in the Weekly Bulletin of New York City Department of Health, of July 19, replied that "The plan followed by the Dept. of Health should evoke nothing but commendation. It provides a simple, inexpensive, effective and entirely ethical method whereby the general practitioner can secure additional practice." Such is the altruism of these great public spirited doctors on the Boards of Health.