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November 14, 1914

DISEASE AND POVERTY

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INDIANAPOLIS

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(20):1720. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570200014003
Abstract

It seems fair to assume that the normal person will not sink into poverty. It also seems fair to assume that illness, disease, deformity and weak-mindedness are subnormal. David Starr Jordan says: "Strong men seek education and make opportunity," and to this might be appropriately added, "They bring things about; they make events occur." Weak men are the opposite of this, and by weak I mean not strong in body or in mind. It is by their works ye shall know them. Disease is itself not an evidence of physical or mental strength. Syphilis is a great cause of poverty, as it is also of insanity. "We were getting along splendidly" said the poverty-stricken woman, "until my husband took consumption." And who must be told of the great poverty that trails consumption? A farmer died of typhoid fever when the mortgage, given in part payment for his farm, was only

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