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October 27, 1928


Author Affiliations

Executive Secretary, American Public Health Association NEW YORK

JAMA. 1928;91(17):1284-1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700170048014

Despite whatever belief we may have in a life after death, the chief concern of man is to prolong his days on earth and to obtain for himself an abundance of health that he may enjoy those days to the utmost. All human activities are designed with more or less intelligence for the attainment of these ends. Each group in an organized society must help or society soon ceases to tolerate its activities. For the most part these contributions are indirect as far as end-results are concerned; but the activities of the medical profession and the public health profession are directly aimed at the postponement of death. If in humanity's struggle these activities fail, the failure is more obvious; and, since the continuance of the services of these professions also depends on the sanction of society, they particularly must be able to render a good joint account of themselves. Furthermore,

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