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August 17, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(7):522-526. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760330048021

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(From Our Regular Correspondent)  July 20, 1935.

Résumé of the Public Health  In the house of commons Sir Kingsley Wood, minister of health, surveyed the progress of public health in the last twenty-five years. He said that never during a single generation had there been such advances in the preservation of life and the improvement of health of our people. Above all there had been a great widening of the national conscience on the matter of health. The nation was learning in many ways the supreme art of right living, was showing greater common sense in health, clothing and the dietary, and was making increasing use of daylight for leisure and recreation. Life was becoming longer and better. In 1910 the death rate at all ages was 13.5 per thousand persons, and 95,000 infants under the age of 1 year died. Last year the death rate had fallen to

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