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August 14, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(7):502-503. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680070048019

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The Public Health  In the house of commons Mr. Chamberlain, minister of health, speaking of the immense drugging under the national health insurance scheme, suggested that it was possible that such measures as the purification of milk and the abolition of preservatives in food might rank in their effect on the maintenance and improvement of the health of the people above the tons of drugs and oceans of medicine that were being swallowed every year. The rate at which cancer was increasing was alarming. Last year the deaths from cancer in this country were 1,336 per million, a rate equivalent to the death of 50,000 persons in our population. It had been estimated that, out of every seven persons who reached the age of 30 in this country, one would die of cancer. He was able to give a more helpful account of tuberculosis, which ranked among the most curable

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