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June 11, 1910

METHODS FOR EXTENDING POPULAR EDUCATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

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JAMA. 1910;LIV(24):1915-1919. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550500001001
Abstract

If a text were necessary for my address to you to-day, I should at once select the declaration of the revered Pasteur that "it is within the power of man to rid himself of every parasitic disease." Correlated with this is the more recent and almost equally impressive statement of Prof. Irving Fisher that "fifteen years at least could be at once added to the average human lifetime by applying the science of preventing disease," and that "more than half of this additional life would come from the prevention of tuberculosis, typhoid, and five other diseases, the prevention of which could be accomplished by purer air, water and milk."1

Note that this latter authority says that these results could be achieved "at once" and, by inference, with the knowledge that we already possess concerning the causation and elimination of transmissible maladies and the possibilities of preventive medicine. We need

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