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April 15, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(15):1111-1112. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560150033020

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The problems of sociology are, in most instances, problems of preventive medicine, and many of the problems of preventive medicine resolve themselves into sociologic questions. The cure of disease in its larger aspect lies in its prevention in the individual, the community, the state. Medicine in its practical application must inevitably become almost wholly a problem of prevention. This involves its operation on the mass rather than the individual, and, therefore, it becomes a sociologic problem, with the knowledge acquired through the study of pure science to aid in its solution. Waiting for disease to arise in the individual, and then attacking it, involves an enormous economic waste, a waste of time, energy, earnings, efficiency, of life itself, to say nothing of the suffering, which causes a waste of nerve force, or of the tax on those immediately surrounding the individual and charged with his care. Likewise, philanthropy, state or

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