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April 7, 1923

A CHEERFUL PROSPECT IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITIES

JAMA. 1923;80(14):1005. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640410035017
Abstract

Courage is essential to many of the struggles which man must face, and they are not always confined to the conventional battlefield of contending armies. Good fights must often be fought in the course of every-day life. Nothing helps more to maintain courage in the face of severe obstacles than does a firm conviction in the rightness of the cause involved. It is doubly needed when the victory seems far away and the desired outcome is slow in arriving. It has recently been remarked that the question of living satisfactorily, in the present state of society, frequently resolves itself into combating the prevalent agencies of disease transmission. In addition to this, we are reminded further, are the dangers lurking in harmful foods, the hazard of acute poisoning, the menace of hereditary taint, the perils of degenerative disease, the attacks of pathogenic bacteria, and the deplorable functional disturbances. To face squarely

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