EDWARD L. BORTZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Methods of scholarly inquiry and organized experimentation have uncovered such a mass of data bearing on man's biological and social existence that the average span of human life has been more than doubled since the 19th century. Scientific facts of importance to society are being discovered at a rate beyond the ability of society to absorb and profit by them.
As a biological unit man has benefited by the increasing control of diseases due to contagion and infection, nutritional deficiencies and neoplasms. Typhoid fever, smallpox, and similar infections are now uncommon, and enough is known about pneumonia,
BORTZ EL. SOCIAL COMPONENTS IN MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. 1940;14:1065–1074. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-14-6-1065
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(6):1065-1074.
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