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November 21, 1925

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS FOR THE PROLONGATION OF LIFE

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Editor, California and Western Medicine and Better Health Magazines SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1925;85(21):1639-1641. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26710210001014

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Abstract

Life prolonging preachments and methods always have been an outstanding part of the practices of all classes of healers of all ages. The evolution in methods employed forms an interesting and illuminating chapter of human history. Like all inherent human traits fostered by the natural wishes of individuals for longer, healthier and happier lives, movements and methods for extending life have moved in cycles— sometimes occupying the center of the stage and at other times temporarily replaced by something else.

The interchange in popularity between life prolonging and disease preventing practices and methods of curing disease would make an interesting graph. At times the three lines would be blended and at others far apart.

All honest, intelligent efforts along either of these lines are, of course, highly commendable, and when they are carried forward hand in hand, we have modern scientific medicine at its best. One rather more than usually

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