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THE SAFE AND SANE FOURTH OF JULY

JAMA. 1926;86(4):280-281. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300042016.
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In these days when the quest for health includes all sorts of efforts to prevent disease and prolong life, there is something almost criminal in the reckless abandon with which certain agencies are permitted to continue their menace of life and limb. Asserting that the care of individual and family health is the first and most patriotic duty of a citizen, Chief Justice Taft has urged a more vigorous attack on the factors that may impair the efficiency of the race. While it is true, he remarks, that to the public mind there is a more lurid and spectacular menace in such diseases as smallpox, yellow fever and plague, medical men and public health workers are beginning to realize that, with the warfare against such maladies well organized, it is now time to give attention to the heavy loss from lowered physical efficiency and chronic, preventable disease—a loss exceeding in

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