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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 6, 2010

THE BOOKKEEPING OF HUMANITY

JAMA. 2010;304(13):1503. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1293

J. N. HURTY, Phar.D., M.D.,
INDIANAPOLIS

The accurate collection, tabulation and analysis of records of births, still-births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and sickness may be said to constitute the bookkeeping of humanity. The bookkeeping of dollars is very important, but of far greater importance is the bookkeeping of those events in the lives of human beings which are fundamental to an understanding of the movements of mankind, and which are also fundamental to the practical application of hygiene, to secure higher efficiency, longer duration of life and fuller measure happiness.

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