National Geographic : 1937 Oct
-MEN" ORE lives have been saved by the"G-Men" of medical science than were destroyed by Alexan der, Caesar, Napoleon, and all the other would-be world conquerors put together. Perhaps you, your self, are alive and well because Pasteur discovered the nature of germs; Jenner, the vaccine for small pox; Wright, the preventive for typhoid; von Behring, the means for ending diphtheria. The determination of these heroes is proverbial. For example, Ehrlich made 605 unsuccessful ex periments before he discovered "606"-now used in the treatment of early syphilis. Many outstanding "G-Men" of medicine have re ceived recognition for their great victories. Many more, unknown and unsung, are giving their lives toexploring,probing,unearthing the secretcauses '. of disease. You hope, with everybody else, that ' they will discover how to prevent or cure cancer; how to stop the destructive waves of influenza; how to check the early onset of heart disease. Scientists are already producing effective serums tocombat several typesof pneumonia. They have made great strides in the fight against tubercu losis. They now treat successfully certain types of blood infection formerly regarded as deadly. 4 The "G-Men" have shown us how to control diabetes with insulin, and pernicious anemia with liver extract. Today they are perfecting methods to ward off or lessen the severity of whooping cough, scarlet fever, asthma, hay fever, and other diseases which have baffled doctors throughout the centuries. Largely because of their work, the average length of life of children born in the United States this year is expected to be at least 61 years, although the children born in 1900 could hope for about 49 years and those born a century ago, considerably less. Thanks to the "G-Men" of medical science, you live in an age when more has been done to protect human life from disease than ever before. You can prove your gratitude by warmly cooperating with health officials, physicians, civic organiza tions and hospitals that bring these great discoveries to you and your neighbors. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. 1 Madison Avenue, New York, N. Y. Please send me, free"Health Heroes" booklets which I have checked: O "Louis Pasteur" 0 "Edward Jenner" 0 "Robert Koch" "Walter Reed" [ "Edward Livingston Trudeau" NAME_ ADDRESS CITY -__ - STATE .__ 1037-N METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairman of the Board LEROY A. LINCOLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y. Copyright, 1937. by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."