In order to be allowed on board a ship or plane, the emigrants had to be healthy. The “arrival medical inspection” conducted when they showed up in Bremen and the “departure medical inspection” conducted shortly before they left were supposed to prevent diseases from breaking out on the ships. Furthermore, the regulations of the destination countries were very strict, and an illness could cause an emigrant to be turned away at their destination port.
However, the three fields under point (21) that were reserved for medical information are blank on all of the cards examined thus far. The doctors on site therefore probably used other cards to record their examination findings.