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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 6, 2009


JAMA. 2009;301(17):1832. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.544

An interesting suggestion was brought before a recent meeting of the Association of Life-Insurance Presidents by Dr. Burnside Foster, editor of the St. Paul Medical Journal. It was in line with that of Prof. Irving Fisher, to which we referred.1 The latter suggested that there were good financial, as well as philanthropic, reasons why the insurance companies should interest themselves in the extension of human life now made possible by the progress of sanitary science. He proposed the assignment of a sum of $200,000 a year by the companies to attain this end, by “the sanitary education of the public” and by “stimulating municipalities, states and the federal government to greater efforts for the preservation of health.”

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