December 1957

Since 1845: A History of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company.

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By Mildred F. Stone. Price, $4.50. Pp. 236, with illustrations. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, N. J., 1957.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(6):1019. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260120163027

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The connections of medicine and life insurance are many and important, though the average physician does not pay too much attention to them. This interesting history of an outstanding life insurance company gives an excellent synoptical view of the changing pattern of life insurance as well as medical knowledge reflecting changes in our culture and in our history. A number of points of medical interest may be indicated by the following facts from this book. Use of information about blood pressure was begun in 1911, and only the systolic reading was used. It was required only for applicants over the age of forty who were getting larger policies. About the same time routine urinalysis became part of the general evaluation of applicants for life insurance. The whole story of disability insurance, its waxing and waning, its abuses and its accomplishments, is told very clearly, with emphasis now on rehabilitation. Those

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