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AMERICA GETTING WELL
Man has been called the sick animal. An ordinary Bengal tiger
or sett-respecting armadillo does not overeat, or smoke or drink to
excess, or stay up all night and awaken next morning with: a bad
taste in the mouth.
Civilized man is especially likely to "be sick, for the things that
improve life also make us ill through their abuse.
Amerca has a tremendous sick list. A report on national vital
ity shows 3,000,000 people actually sick, at all times. Our sick
ness costs us $1,500,000,000 a year about twice the revenue of the
government. This estimate does not include the incalculable loss of
efficiency of people who are just, tired, fagged, below par.
As a sick nation we have done fairly. We could double, treble,
quadruple our work if we wiped out sickness. It is no idle dream.
It can be done. In fact, it is being done. One of the greatest re
forms now on in this country is to' "get well."
We have obliterated yellow fever and scurvy and almost ended
smallpox. In another generation any city that has a typhoid epi
demic will be held up to public scorn. Today there are 500,000 peo
ple continually sick from tuberculosisan easily preventable .disease;
in another generation tuberculosis should be rare. There are 3,
000,000 cases of malaria every year; vigorous war on-mosquitoes
will make it unknown.
We are entered upon a new health era. National, state and mu
nicipal boards of hygiene, better sanitary laws, bureaus of medical
inspection, institutes for medical research improved hospitals and
sanitara and better trained doctors and nurses are rapidly improv
ing general health. .
The people, learning right living, are doing still more. We no
longer believe religiously in bad-ta,sting drugs, but are finding that
pure air, pure water, pure food and. war on flies, mosquitoes and rats
are half the battle, and freedom from worry and anger, the other
We are wisely spending much thought on the conservation of
!our .natural resources: we are just as wisely devoting- thought and
effort and higher and eminently more efficient civilization in this
sick old world.
A declaration of marriage in
Siam is very simple. It is consid
ered a proposal merely to offer si
lady a Power 05 to take, a ligKt
from a qgarette'if she is holding
it in her mouth . "
Mamma (dining out) It isn't
polite, Bobvb"y, to smack your lips
'fvghen eating. You never"do that
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