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December 3, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(23):1335-1337. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450230007001c

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The purpose of State medicine is the protection of the life of aggregated man from injury and death. This purpose is mainly accomplished by protection from the causes of injury and death by preventing, avoiding or removing such causes and mitigating or curing their effects, As the whole must always include all its parts, so aggregated, nationalized, communized man must include its every constituent individual, and state medicine in its mission must embrace the warding off from each and every individual the causes that may imperil, impair or destroy the life of that individual. Life need not here be defined. Its existence is postulated. It is equally known that life exists in two states—the latent and the manifest. The latent is a dormant, germinal, quasi-hybernant state, with a capacity of being developed or aroused under proper influences into the manifest state characterized by a display of definite aggregated and correlated

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