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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 25, 2013

Health and Finance

JAMA. 2013;310(12):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5328

Originally Published September 27, 1913 | JAMA. 1913;61(13):1046.

It has been said that this is an age which places an ever-increasing emphasis on the relation of good health to individual hygiene, to social effectiveness, to general prosperity. Other things being equal, the race is to the community whose children thrive and whose workers keep well. As relates to the community, at least, human health is a purchasable commodity, as has been repeatedly demonstrated. Cuba, Panama and the Philippines afford examples, each, however, under control as to forces and expenditures differing from those of the ordinary community, but confronting conditions infinitely more difficult. And even at that the expenditure has not been relatively great. The average community is in far better position to purchase health.