National Geographic : 1933 Dec
Keep up Momentum 7 IHEN you read that during many recent months, in spite of the financial de pression, the American people enjoyed better health and had a lower deathrate than ever before, you may wonder why. One outstand ing reason is that our people were well pre pared, physically, to resist sickness. In past decades, millions and millions of dollars were invested to prevent as well y as to cure disease. They returned rich health dividends. The movement for healthier living conditions in all parts of the country had gained such momentum that temporary obstacles and difficulties failed to check it. You know that the deathrate from tuber culosis has declined steadily. You know that smallpox, typhoid and diphtheria can be prevented. You hope to see the a day when in this country whooping cough, measles and scarlet fever will dis appear, as yellow fever and cholera did i -thanks to scientific preventive meth- j' ods. Scientists are faithfully working day and night for these victories. The lower deathrate is due in no small measure to the present efficiency of hos pital and nursing services that have re- METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT quired years in which to develop. In assur ing pure water, safe milk, clean food, swept streets and proper sewerage systems your Health and Sanitation Departments did their part inmaking health records in I 9 32 and 1933. Some of the forces upon which the health of people depends are financed by state, county and local appropriations. But many of the forces which have contrib uted so greatly to general welfare-the Red Cross, the Tuberculosis Associa tions, the Cancer Societies and others - are largely dependent upon private contributions. Today the forward health movement has been slowed down in some localities because of reduced appropriations and smaller contributions. In certain other communities much of the official health work has stopped. While the people of our country are working shoulder to shoulder, collectively and individually, to restore material pros perity, no greater tragedy could befall them than to sacrifice their greatest wealth-their health. If you would have increasing health and decreasing disease, keep up the power and the momentum of the health movement. LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY , ~ ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. © 13SM.L.I. CO. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."