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December 31, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1549-1551. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450270001001

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If perfect culture of mind and body was to be had, a perfect knowledge of the laws of life, an intellect and body trained, the moral faculties of man in balanced order, the human race would not perish under a grievous yoke of disease; the youth of man would be protected and become more perfect; decay of life would be blended with happiness of perfect knowledge; life would become more vigorous, disease more remote. Life is an entity, a constant growth, a resultant waste, a potential energy an eventual expenditure. No agent has been found to arrest the waste or crystallize the tissues of growth and vigor from decay. To do so would be death itself, for life is an incessant change, its vital energy dependent upon the laws of nature, a neglect of which inevitably produces lamentable results. To prolong the period of vital energy, the improvement of the

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