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June 12, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):1990-1991. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500038017

The conservation of national vitality has become a popular theme in this country. It is a part of a still greater problem which is designated as national efficiency. The old fatalistic belief in the inevitable occurrence of ill health and early death in certain instances has given way to the rapidly growing conviction that premature death and disease are for the most part avoidable and that it is within the power of man to rid himself of many of the enemies to comfort and good health. The aim of hygiene is to approximate, with respect to health, the ideal of a life free from illness and disability of every kind.

In this effort to bring about a maximum fitness of mankind, many agencies are being brought into play. Our physical environment is being subjected to closer scrutiny; and by means of private and public regulation, a protection is frequently rendered