National Geographic : 1941 Jan
"THE SUREST WAY OF PREVENTING Pneumonia. . . A CCORDING TO an eminent physician, "The sur est way of preventing pneumonia is to eliminate the common cold and other respiratory infections." This is because pneumonia rarely strikes out of a clear sky; usually it is preceded by a cold, in fluenza, or some other infection of the breathing passages. For if the illness is pneumonia, he will then, while there is still time, have the best opportunity to use successfully the effective weapons of modern science. Only a few years ago, the doctor was relatively helpless in the face of pneumonia. Today, he has means of more certain diagnosis ... including meth ods of determining more accurately the type of pneumonia. Furthermore there are highly effective serums and chemical agents to use separately, or in combination, in treating a particular case. These new developments have been responsible for an amazing reduction, in the past three years, of about 50% in the death rate from pneumonia. But-most important-the doctor must have the chance to use his skill against pneumonia early! Daily exercise pays dividends in pleasure and good health. How, then, can one guard against the dangerous cold? .. By keeping away from people who have colds and avoiding contact with crowds as much as pos sible. By getting daily outdoor exercise and keep ing in good physical condition. By getting adequate rest and keeping properly clothed. By avoiding over-heated rooms. By eating properly-not over eating-and being sure to get plenty of protective foods like green vegetables. At the first sign of a cold, proper treatment should be started and kept up as long as the cold persists. If the cold becomes severe, the safest course is to go to bed and call your doctor. Pneumonia strikes most frequently during the first three months of the year. So it is particularly important, during this period, for you to be on the lookout for pneumonia's most common warning symptoms such as: Sudden chill ... fever . . pain in side ... cough... thick, rust-colored sputum... hurried, somewhat labored breathing. When any one or any combination of these symp toms is present, a doctor should be called at once. Proper clothing is important to the health of the whole family. Metropolitan's free booklet, "Colds, Influenza, Pneumonia," contains many valuable, practical sug gestions to help you ward off trouble at this time. Write today to Dept. 141-N . COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) t Frederick II. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.