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August 8, 1914

The Road to a Healthy Old Age—Essays Lay and Medical.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570060064033

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It is seldom that we meet a work of medical literature that charms by its style as much as by its subject-matter and gives so much sound advice in so pleasant a manner as the book before us. The author is qualified to speak from experience, for he has gone a good part of the way himself, and if it is impossible to mark the point at which healthy old age may be said to begin, he is clear on the question of what constitute the chief pathologic features which threaten the aging man on his journey. Arteriosclerosis as the result of chronic intemperance of various sorts is the chief danger. The author preaches temperance as the crowning virtue of old age and the prophylactic against its evils. He is not content with the mere recommendation of temperate habits, but he also reviews the drug treatment of the chief symptom

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