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July 12, 1958

Good Medicine for Industry

Author Affiliations

Chairman of the Board of the United States Steel Corporation

JAMA. 1958;167(11):1326-1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990280012004

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In the 75 years since The Journal was first established, the United States has completed the transition from an agricultural to an industrial economy. It is this change that has given us a standard of living unparalleled in the world today. Our leadership in world affairs has stemmed in considerable measure from the phenomenal development of our industrial productivity.

Modern steelmaking began in this country with the introduction of the Bessemer process about 100 years ago and of the open hearth furnace about 90 years ago. So large-scale production of steel in America is very little older than The Journal. The intervening years have produced a tremendous increase in the per capita use of steel. In the past 75 years, steel capacity has risen from 556 lb. per person to almost 1,600 lb. per person. These same 75 years have produced a tremendous increase in medical knowledge and in diagnostic

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