FASTER, PLEASE: Doctors to Prevent Poverty and Misery

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The Atlanta Constitution reports on a public lecture given yesterday at the Harvard Medical School by Charles W. Eliot, former president of Harvard, expressing considerable optimism about the capacity of the medical profession to change the world.  Eliot, who has become active in the social hygiene movement and is a leading figure in the eugenics movement, predicts that most physicians will eventually be engaged in preventive, not curative, medicine:

Preventive medicine is capable of removing those causes of human misery, poverty and sorrow, which lead to internal rebellion and disorder, and among nations to war and strife.

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