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December 13, 1958

Life Insurance and Medicine: The Prognosis and Under-writing of Disease

JAMA. 1958;168(15):2078. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.03000150120026

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Abstract

This book is a compilation of lectures and papers dealing with many aspects of life insurance and related topics. The 56 contributors are recognized authorities in life insurance and related fields. The text is divided into four parts. Part 1 deals with the fundamentals of life insurance. It explains not only the principles of life insurance, organization of companies, the various forms of life insurance, mortality tables and statistics, risk selection, and reinsurance but also such topics as inspection reports, internal organization of life insurance companies, the legal phases, and health insurance. Although part 2 is captioned, "Non-Medical Aspects," there are several interrelationships mentioned that involve various elements of the medical profession. These chapters deal with history and philosophy of life insurance, the relationship of longevity to insurance selection, mortality tables, numerical ratings with respect to underwriting, nonmedical underwriting, biological and social factors that influence life insurance selection, the relationship

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