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November 9, 1935

Individual Health: A Technique for the Study of Individual Constitution and Its Application to Health

JAMA. 1935;105(19):1545. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760450065030

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Abstract

This is the first of two volumes that will present a technic to be used by the physician of the future, whose principal concern will be the prevention of disease instead of its diagnosis and treatment, as is the case at the present time. In order to prevent disease, the maximum functional efficiency must be attained. To this end it will be necessary to make an exhaustive study of each individual to determine the part played by every factor—physical, psychologic or environmental—that may hinder or promote his efficiency, affect his resistance to infection or add to his longevity without senile loss of elasticity.

The authors propose a technic of "complete adaptation survey," which includes

  1. Hereditary constitutional factors by

    • detailed family history

    • anthropometric measurements

  2. External environmental factors by

    • detailed past history

    • physical examination

    • bone radiology

    • dental examination

  3. Reaction of internal environment to

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