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October 20, 1917


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JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1318-1320. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430012004

Civilization must progress by means of ideas and ideals, and as a protest against any existing order of affairs an idea must take root in some one's mind. For the acceptance of an idea, if it is to be useful, the public must realize its necessity, since necessity is the motive power of all progress. We have repeatedly listened to statistics indicating the cost of waste produced by preventable illness, but now, as never before, we realize the importance this question has for our nation. Man power conserved now, both in civilian and military life, assumes such an important place in our preparedness schemes that all agencies must be employed for the conservation and protection of our people.

We have never been satisfied with our preventive medical work, and never can we be until we enlist new forces for the cause. We have placed our faith largely in police power,

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