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June 16, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(7):652-653. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070044011

The recent National Conference on Preventive Aspects of Chronic Disease,1 convened by the Commission on Chronic Illness, demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm on the part of many national agencies and persons representing different professional fields, for working together on what has been aptly termed the common denominator aspects of chronic illness. Prevention, including the detection of asymptomatic chronic disease, is one such common denominator, because many chronic diseases have common causative factors or common causative settings, such as genetic factors, nutritional disturbances, emotional and environmental stress, and occupational causes. The conference represented a concentrated, concerted effort to explore avenues for more effective application of what is already known regarding the prevention of the major chronic diseases through control of known etiologic factors and through treatment of the earliest identifiable stages of these diseases. The final reports of the 12 working committees of the conference have now been prepared and sent to