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November 28, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(22):1874-1875. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540220046009

In another department1 appears the address delivered by Dr. Charles A. L. Reed of Cincinnati, at a public meeting held under the auspices of the New York Academy of Medicine, in which the problem of the conservation of the health of the nation is discussed in a broad manner, intelligible and convincing to the layman. Putting aside both the professional and humanitarian sides of the question, Dr. Reed considers the problem from a purely economical standpoint, appealing to the people to end the terrific and unnecessary waste of human life and energy occasioned by preventable illness and death.

That the question is timely is shown by the newspaper discussion aroused by Dr. Reed's address, for seldom has a professional utterance caused such widespread comment. By showing that the financial interests involved in the solution of this problem far exceed in magnitude those of the Army and the Navy combined,