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August 20, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(8):679-683. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790340015004

"In recent years," wrote Sir George Newman,1 "we have learned that public health is not only a matter of the postponing of mortality and the prevention of sickness, but of the positive side of health—the increase of vitality, capacity, and efficiency of the human body. Our aim is not only to oppose diseases but to advance and develop physical fitness and well being. To secure this end, we must have regard to the whole life of man —his heredity and upbringing, his work and rest, his food, his habits, his environment. We must pay attention not only to his actual ailments and diseases, but to the conditions making for a maximum degree of personal health. Thus it comes about that a new relation is found to exist between occupation and health. In a word, the health of the industrial worker forms an integral and inseparable part of the health

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