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January 18, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(3):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530290043005

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Unlimited prodigality of effort and exertion in the acquisition and safeguarding of wealth, of whatever sort, with an almost equally complete lack of energy in the safeguarding of health, seem to be fundamental characteristics of the human race, whether living in aboriginal simplicity or in the decadence of overcivilization.

One need not necessarily confine his observations on this theme to the United States, for the condition is practically universal; only here and there are there communities in which has grown up an appreciation of the value of full and proper sanitary protection, and in which an effort commensurate with the importance of the work is really exerted. These communities, however, are so rare as to excite our wonder no less than our admiration. In the United States, however, taken either as a whole or in part, we find no such condition of vigilant and appreciative sanitary protection as is needed;

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