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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 28, 1999


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Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 1999;281(16):1544D. doi:10.1001/jama.281.16.1544

There is an interesting parallel between the sanitary and social ideals of the present day, the extermination of disease and the abolition of poverty. They both have a single aim, the promotion of happiness, and both tend to split on the same rock, that of population. When disease is done away with and all men live to the full natural limit of their existence, untrammeled by the harassing cares of the struggle for life which wear them out before their time, what arrangement is to be made to accommodate the natural increase that will call on the resources of the earth for its support?

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