National Geographic : 1929 Aug
Comi SFAMOUS doctor said, "Many of the people who want me to diagnose and treat their ailments are more im pressed by some scientific medical ap paratus than by plain, common sense advice. And they are more willing to follow orders faithfully if given some special office treatment. "Recently a man I know well came in looking haggard. I gave him a thorough physical ex amination while inquiring about his living habits. The diagnosis was clear but the patient a problem. If I had told him the simple truth that what he needed most to get back his health and strength was to slow down, sleep more, and get the proper amount of fresh air and exercise, he would have 0 thought I did not understand the com plications which were undermining his health. And if I had sent him a bill for such advice, he would have told his friends that I was a robber and not fit to practice medicine. "So I gave him a treatment with a scientific apparatus and wrote a simple prescription. At the same time I gave strict orders as to what he should eat and drink, how many hours he might work, how long he should remain in bed, and the amount of time he should devote to outdoor exercise. 1 To make sure that he was following my orders concerning his living habits, I had him report once a week for further ob servation and treatments. In a few weeks he was well. He will tell you-and he believes it-that I am a great doctor. non Sense "Perhaps someone may say my methods with him were open to criticism. But it was my re sponsibility to use every means within my power to bring him back to good health. Knowing my patients as I do, I know that many of them will not obey my orders for correct living habits if given without special treatment or medicine. More than half of the people who consult me would not have to do so if they would learn and practice important rules of health. They expect me to cure them of physical ailments which they could easily have avoided." A majority of cases of physical let-down and distress are caused by careless or wilful violation of health rules. Bad eating habits, too little sleep and rest, lack of fresh air and exercise, worry, self-pity are responsible for many cases of bad digestion, headaches, poor circulation, constipation, jumpy nerves, depression and run down condition. ^ * * * * The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has had a booklet prepared by eminent health experts which tells simply and clearly the fundamental rules of intelligent living habits. A chapter or more is devoted to each one of eleven important rules of health under the headings Sleep and Rest, Fresh Air, Sunlight, Exercise, Cleanliness, Water, Food, Comfortable Clothing, Work and Play, Good Posture and Good Mental Habits. IW- Metropolitan Life Insurance Company r Madison Avenue, New York, N. Y . Booklet Department 89-N Gentlemen: Please mail free, without any obligation on my part, a copy of your booklet, "Health, S Happiness and Long Life." ' Name ............................. Street or Box No.................... S Town............ State .............. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World,MoreAssets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."