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February 28, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(9):587-588. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490090035003

At the last meeting (Jan. 19, 1903) of the New York State Medical Association, New York County Branch, there was an interesting discussion of the significance of albumin in the urine, which was opened by the medical director of one of the large life insurance companies. As life insurance examiners have more extensive opportunities and especially opportunity for more prolonged observation in this subject than practitioners generally and as their judgment in the matter is responsible to the financial department of the company, their conclusions and suggestions can scarcely fail to be of practical value. Dr. Edward Lambert considers that for length of life the habits of the individual, his customs, especially with regard to highly spiced food, alcohol and tobacco, and the intensity of his application to business, with the time given to sleep, are factors of much more significance than the presence of a small amount of albumin.

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