JAMA. 1927;89(13):1063-1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130051020.
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The prolongation of human life has been reduced to a relatively simple formula. Preventive medicine is the watchword of the hour and innumerable schemes are being developed for putting into effect the knowledge of disease and its control that is now available. In the midst of this striving for added years Prof. Stewart Paton 1 reminds us that the human being is something more than an automatic mechanism and that it might be well to stop and consider the importance of the recognition and prevention of madness. His plea is directed to the importance of recognizing the fact that prohibitive efforts are not constructive. It is just as important to improve the quality of the race as to increase its numbers or its duration on this planet. "We are obsessed," says Dr. Paton, "with an insane desire to prohibit, to forbid the ownership of private property, the teaching of evolution,


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