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Article
March 31, 1956

PROGRESS IN PREVENTION OF CHRONIC ILLNESS, 1949-1956

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C.

Surgeon General, U. S. Public Health Service, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

JAMA. 1956;160(13):1114-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960480014004
Abstract

• The program of medicine is not preventive, or curative, or restorative alone, but all three together. Chronic disease develops as the result of the total life experience, from the moment of conception onward. More emphasis must be placed on the personal health of the younger age groups. Much chronic disability can be avoided by the prevention of accidents. The faulty methods of treatment that have contributed to chronicity and disability among the mentally ill can be corrected. Full application of what is already known about prevention and treatment would so reduce the burden of chronic disease as to mark an epoch in the economic, social, and medical history of the nation.

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