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August 28, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(9):721-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780350089019

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)July 31, 1937.

War as a Disease  In a recent address to the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Lord Horder declared that war is "the greatest of all modern diseases, though it is primarily a disease of the mind and not cf the body. It has existed since the race began, but its casualties were formerly trivial by comparison with those due to ordinary diseases. Today the proportions are reversed. The great war cost us 700,000 lives and 2,500,000 total casualties.... Science has reduced enormously the casualties due to the attack of the microbe on man; but science has increased in much greater proportion the casualties due to the attack of man on man." The danger of another great war is never far from the thoughts of Europeans, and measures for averting that catastrophe are a constant preoccupation of England. It is therefore not surprising

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