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November 14, 1936

LIFE EXTENSION INSTITUTE ENJOINED FROM PRACTICING MEDICINE

JAMA. 1936;107(20):1639. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770460041016

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Abstract

The Life Extension Institute, a New York corporation, has been enjoined from practicing medicine in that state. Since its organization in 1914, this corporation has been engaged in promoting and conducting periodic medical examinations on a nation-wide scale. It has had contracts with large insurance companies for the annual examination of policyholders through local cooperating physicians paid by the corporation. It has made similar services available to individuals. While the medical examinations were made by local physicians, the reports were forwarded to the central office of the corporation and there reviewed by its medical staff. Suggestions with respect to needed medical treatment were outlined by the home office and transmitted to the examinees. Urinalyses four times each year constituted a part of the services rendered by the corporation to examinees. For making these physical examinations and for reporting to the examinees, the institute made a charge considerably in excess of

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