National Geographic : 1929 Jan
Just One Thing "Do you remember, you said you would give me anything I wanted for a New Tear's present? Well, what I want is something for you as well as for me... . Is it a promise?" THERE is one thing that every wife who loves her husband wants above anything else-that he may have good health and a long life. How many thousands of wives there are who are haunted by a secret fear that their husbands are not entirely well-who steal glances, when the other is off guard, in ra effort to discover the cause of that constant dragging weariness, those too frequent headaches, those mysterious fleeting pains. Almost every woman knows that sharp thrust of anxiety to her heart, that catch in her throat when she thinks some- ; thing is wrong with the man she loves. What is it? What can she do? No longer must a doctor judge the physi' cal condition of a man by his unaided senses alone. Now, by means of mar velous instruments, he can actually look inside the body, see the heart beat, the lungs contract and expand; watch the activities of the digestive tract; he can ^-- ----- ------ So new are the discoveries of medical science in relation to prolonging life that the majority of intelligent men and women have not heard about them. So amazing are some of these dis coveries that they are difficult to believe. That seems to be the only explanation of the estimate that but one person in 500 has an annual health examination. To determine the value of health examinations, a group of 6,000 policyholders of the Metropoli tan Life Insurance Company were given physi- take x-ray photographs from head to foot. The doctor who has kept step with the great discoveries in medicine can sometimes learn im portant things about the condition of the person he is examining, merely by testing the blood or taking the blood pressure. He can often trace the cause of pain in some remote part of the body to infection in a sinus or tonsil. Frequently ail ments of years' standing have been traced to unsuspected infection at the roots of teeth. r 4 Doctors today need not guess. They can S detect trouble and in many cases check S it before it has had time to damage the body greatly. Often their scientific examinations show the beginning of seri ous ailments of which the person ex amined had not the slightest suspicion. Make sure that your dear one has a thorough health examination this month. And why not have one yourself? No better New Year present can be given. cal examinations. These persons were advised to the extent they and their physicians deemed necessary on the proper way to conserve their health. In nine years the saving in mortality in this group was found to be 18 per cent. The Metropolitan has recently prepared a book let containing most important rules for gaining and keeping health. It gives much valuable in formation that tends to make life both long and happy. Send for booklet 19-N. It will be mailed without charge. HALEY FISKE, President. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY- NEW YORK Biggest in the World,More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you." © 1928 . L.1 .CJ.