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ERIC Number: ED542536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1937
Pages: 67
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Student Health Services in Institutions of Higher Education. Bulletin, 1937, No. 7
Rogers, James Frederick
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
Originating 75 years ago as a means of safeguarding students from excesses in physical activities, the student-health service has had a phenomenal development. From an examination, by the methods then at hand, of heart, lungs, and spine and the prescription of gymnastic exercises according to the findings, this examination has developed, with the development of means and methods, to the present-day thorough going looking over from head to foot, outside and in, with appropriate advice and treatment, or references to sources of treatment. From one college the establishment of such a service has extended, in some degree, to practically all institutions of higher education, especially those which have the responsibility of parental care for youth far removed from the home. These services, however, represent all degrees of development. From the crude picture painted by the statistics, the author's findings are as follows: (1) Of co-educational colleges and universities having an enrollment of fewer than 500, 10 percent employ full-time and 55 percent part-time physicians; (2) In co-educational institutions with 500 to 1,000 students there is a rise in the number having full-time physicians to at least 40 percent, while some 35 percent more have part-time doctors; (3) Of colleges for men, those with an enrollment of fewer than 500 have a high percentage with well-equipped services; (4) Of colleges for women with fewer than 500 students, roughly 25 percent employ full-time and 45 percent part-time physicians; (5) All of the colleges and universities for Negroes which furnished information employ a physician; (6) Although the junior colleges are of recent origin, a health service does not seem to have been considered essential by most of them; (7) The teachers colleges seem as a rule to take the matter of health preservation and promotion seriously, as 20 percent employ full-time and 55 percent part-time physicians; (8) Of the technical and professional schools, the polytechnic schools and schools of mines seem most interested in the health of their students; and (9) Above all, it is the United States Military and Naval Academies that place the physical condition of their students on a par with their mental condition, although it is not at all clear that the health of the soldier or sailor is of more consequence than that of the civilian. (Contains 11 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)