Modern life has many peculiarities, and in his consideration of the influences which tend to the health or disease of the people, the physician must study carefully these features which may or may not introduce new factors. Among them, none is more frequently quoted than the tendency to group in large cities. So well accepted is this tendency that we need not give any figures to support the statement.
Many grave hygienic problems have resulted from this congestion of human life. Their solution has called for the most exact scientific research, careful formulation of sanitary laws and rigid enforcement of them. As a result, the dreadful scourges and epidemics which so often decimate the cities of the old world, do not obtain a foothold among us. Yet, disease is by no means abolished, though the average life may be a little lengthened. All too frequently life is cut short from
HASTINGS RW. NOISE AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF DISEASE. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(26):1522–1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450260026002g
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