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December 21, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LIX(25):2217-2221. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270140021007

We hear constantly nowadays that this is the era of preventive medicine, and the saying daily becomes more true. The physician is ever more concerned with warding off the ills which once he aimed merely to palliate or cure. As our science has grown, means have been made clear to us whereby the great scourges of humanity might be attacked at the root, and one by one they are being met and conquered. Certain of these evils have been so wide-spread and so obvious that as soon as ways of mitigating them became apparent, the attack was readily converted into a popular movement or crusade of which there are several now in progress, the most conspicuous to-day, perhaps, being the campaign against tuberculosis. In all of these movements the medical profession has been naturally, of right and of necessity, at the head, as it must furnish the knowledge which guides

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