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The life of a nation, in many respects, is similar to the life of an individual. A nation is born, grows in strength, is beset by ills and, unless properly cared for, may succumb to a. fatal disease. Like an individual, a nation, in order to survive, must be healthy: physically, intellectually and spiritually. However, though human life, physically speaking, must have an end, a nation, kept strong, virile and healthy by the combined efforts of its citizens, can have life forever.
America, in this mid-twentieth century year, is a strong nation, great in material possessions and rich in spiritual resources. Born amid turmoil, a mere infant among the great powers of Europe, it possessed sturdy tissues, strong muscles and a sound heart. The founding fathers, in laying the foundations of America, planned well. The concepts of democracy, free government and the dignity of the individual were the beacon lights,
HOOVER JE. LET'S KEEP AMERICA HEALTHY: A Guest Editorial. JAMA. 1950;144(13):1094–1095. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920130046013
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