National Geographic : 1950 Sep
To Guard Your Health and Happiness Since 1900, the life expectancy in our country has increased to nearly 67 years-a rise of about 18 years in less than half a century. This has been occasioned by many advances in medical science. Today, the doctor has at his command new diag nostic techniques, improved equipment and greater knowledge of the factors affecting good health. There will undoubtedly be many other advances in the future. To get full benefit from these medical developments people have only to take one simple, easy step ... see their doctors at periodic intervals. Regular physical examinations do more than pro- vide a check of your physical condition. They give the doctor an opportunity to advise you about your general health habits and daily routine. He may ad vise on the kinds and amount of food you should eat, on what to do to keep your weight normal, or the types of activities that are best suited to your physical condition and particularly to your heart. In addition, the physician may be able to discover and correct conditions which might grow more serious if allowed to go untreated. To help him give you a complete and thorough check-up, your doctor may use such modern aids to diagnosis as these: The X-ray. This is espe cially valuable in helping to diagnose diseases that often start without any outward warning signs. Use of the X-ray usually enables the physician to detect such conditions early, when chances for control or cure are best. The fluoroscope. It per mits the doctor actually to watch the functioning of the digestive system, the heart, lungs and some of the other organs. Aided when necessary by other tests, this direct observa tion is an important help in diagnosis. The electrocardiograph. This records the rate and rhythm of heart action. By revealing variations from a normal pattern, it gives the physician infor mation about the func tioning of the heart which is often not otherwise ob tainable. Blood tests. These offer valuable clues to general physical condition and help detect certain ill nesses. They may include serologic and chemical analysis of the blood, counts of red and white cells, and determination of hemoglobin content. Please send me a c booklet 90N,"Feelin Name - -- - -- -- - --- - -- - - - opy of your g Tip Top." tntg COPYRIGHT 1950-METROPOLITANLIFEINSURANCE COMPANY OWl Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) 1 MADISON AVENtE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y .