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August 6, 1910

THE RÔLE OF OBSTETRICS IN PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

JAMA. 1910;55(6):459-463. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330060011003
Abstract

With rare humor Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote a prescription for longevity. Arriving at 60, to attain the ripe age of 80 "become the subject of a mortal disease," he says; but he fails to enlighten us as to how we may reach the year at which to begin his remedy. It is the object of every living being to lengthen life to the utmost, and in this prolongation of existence lies, with qualifications; the success of the state and the race. But as from the intervention of disease, few attain to that period when "every man with his staff in his hand for very age" marks the decline of usefulness, it is the object of preventive medicine to attempt so to safeguard life that it may be lengthened out to four-score years and ten of normal existence. Every century sees improvement along these lines, for increasing knowledge of

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