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July 6, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(1):35-36. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710010041012

The natural end of man is old age and death; all of life is but a preparation for this sequel. Few there are, indeed, who are willing to accept this dictum of nature. The struggle for youth is never ending and the useless hope for the miracle of rejuvenation is perhaps one of the impelling motives that animate the dying man to the end of his existence. The subject is one that has stimulated the philosophers since the earliest times. The latest contribution comes from Dr. Aldred Scott Warthin,6 professor of pathology in the University of Michigan, who brings to the consideration of the subject a background of knowledge of pathology such as is possessed by few if any others who have written philosophically on old age.

The active life of the pathologist involves the study of effects of disease and wear on the structures of the human body.