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May 17, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(20):1604-1605. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710460058015

The key to health and longevity is a favorite theme for professional writers in every field of wisdom. Few have developed formulas that will pass inspection by critical investigators. The opponents of tobacco and alcohol find their doctrines thwarted by the reports of numerous persons who reached a "ripe old age" despite, if not because of, the cup that cheered or the pipe that soothed their declining years. Not long ago Eugene Christian, who proclaimed the ready possibility of reaching 100 years of age through attention to his back-to-nature diets, disheartened many of his devotees by dying at a relatively early age. The history of such propagandists is rarely a recommendation for the doctrines that they attempt to inculcate or the advices that they venture to supply—frequently on a quid pro quo basis. The wise man usually learns to avoid the advice of quacks; their inconsistencies or chicanery are as

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